Poetry

Mercedes de Acosta: playwright and novelist who also wrote of her Hollywood affairs with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich

She was never afraid to flaunt her sexual proclivities

Unreality Through the window-pane I see your face, Its outline a little vague In the dimness of the shadow. But the whiteness of your skin Is like a clean ship’s sail, Standing out in the ...

Pulitzer prize recipient James Merrill linked to Merrill Lynch investment firm through father and poetry

He memorialized the Weather Underground bombing in his poem “18 West 11th Street,” the address of his birth

The Puzzle Is No Puzzle A card table in the library stands ready To receive the puzzle which keeps never coming. Daylight shines in or lamplight down Upon the tense oasis of green felt. Full ...

Pulitzer recipient W.S. Merwin’s poetry steeped in ecology and Buddhist philosophy

He was also named the 17th U.S. Poet Laureate in 2010 and received the National Book Award for Poetry

It Is March It is March and black dust falls out of the books Soon I will be gone The tall spirit who lodged here has Left already On the avenues the colorless thread lies ...

Horace succinctly captures ideal of the carefree life with carpe diem

Translated by A.S Kline

Ode I.9: Carpe Diem Leuconoë , don’t ask, we never know, what fate the gods grant us, whether your fate or mine, don’t waste your time on Babylonian, futile, calculations. How much better to suffer ...

Influential Greek lyric poet Anacreon wrote songs and hymns for the lyre

Three poems translated by A.S. Kline

Odd Sandals Today, Eros, of the golden locks used a purple ball to make me play with a child. A girl, wearing odd sandals. But she, born in beautiful Lesbos, looks at me, finds fault ...

Valentine’s Day with Richard “Loveless” Lovelace

One of the most prominent “Cavalier Poets” of the 17th century

To His Fairest Valentine, Mrs. A.L. “Come, pretty birds, present your lays, And learn to chaunt a goddess praise; Ye wood-nymphs, let your voices be Employ’d to serve her deity: And warble forth, ye virgins ...

San Diego author of Hollow Tin Jingles and Vietnumb shares three poems

With running themes of cold, wind and darkness

Between the Castle and Cannery Row Moving north along the pitted California coastal byway, en route to the westernmost hub of the revolution. Snaking its blustery sheer and terrible beauty, doughty in view of the ...

Two poems by Jax NTP

"a fish rots from the head down" and "dear patron saint of unsung effigy,"

a fish rots from the head down i. grandma said white men love poverty porn that sepia distance from hard work and low to no pay strokes their appeal to tradition egos fat wallets and ...

Save the planet

Award winning Author smells smoke

Ways in Which I Let the Coffee Grow Cold (Summer 2018) I smell smoke A mass graveyard of gnats beneath the cracked window The neighbor’s puppy nips with fierce, needled teeth I contemplate modifiers A ...

Bright Lord and Bad Guys

Award-winning poetry translator shares two of her own poems

Bright Lord (there are muscles everywhere) I am tapping the pulse of the faucet water and winding a string of light from the rain gutter I’m pressing the window glass which presumes tension between inner ...

Three poems for the New Year

Mild is the Parting Year, To Youth, The Appeal

Mild Is the Parting Year Mild is the parting year, and sweet The odour of the falling spray; Life passes on more rudely fleet, And balmless is its closing day. I wait its close, I ...