Poetry

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 ...

A poem to finish off the year from England’s poet laureate

Known for his version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” fairytale

Ode Written on the First of January Come melancholy Moralizer—come! Gather with me the dark and wintry wreath; With me engarland now The SEPULCHRE OF TIME! Come Moralizer to the funeral song! I pour the ...

Christmas Treasures

Known as the “poet of childhood”

Christmas Treasures I count my treasures o’er with care.— The little toy my darling knew, A little sock of faded hue, A little lock of golden hair. Long years ago this holy time, My little ...

Scottish poet admired by T.S. Eliot

Modernist Edwin Muir had plain style with vivid imagery

Two poems for winter The Late Swallow Leave, leave your well-loved nest, Late swallow, and fly away. Here is no rest For hollowing heart and wearying wing. Your comrades all have flown To seek their ...

Emily Dickinson’s literary mentor

Though more conventional, Thomas Higginson’s poetry demonstrated the same eye for poetic detail and literary value

The Snowing of the Pines Softer than silence, stiller than still air, Float down from high pine boughs the slender leaves. The forest floor its annual boon receives That comes like snowfall, tireless, tranquil, fair. ...

A sentry hardly waking

Ivor Gurney’s plain style reflected the common view of life during wartime

Ed. Note: November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The San Diego Reader will devote this month’s poetry columns to the poets who wrote about their experiences of that war. ...

To shoe the hoofs of death

Isaac Rosenberg’s work remains vivid and praised

Ed. Note: November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The San Diego Reader will devote this month’s poetry columns to the poets who wrote about their experiences of that war. ...

In honor of the fallen

Roman Catholic poet shares wit of G.K. Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc

Ed. Note: November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The San Diego Reader will devote this month’s poetry columns to the poets who wrote about their experiences of that war. ...

Let’s Be Friends

Subscribe for local event alerts, concerts tickets, promotions and more from the San Diego Reader

Close