Our Library book club has a “sort-a” December tradition of reading aloud a favorite poem or two. In the past I have read a Lady Gregory, plus several by Louis Jenkins, Mary Oliver and Yeats. This year I am at a loss, having covered many favorites.
So far, these are the books I have pulled off the shelf…
Galway Kinnell’s Body Rags, Mortal Acts Mortal Words, Selected Poems
Lawrence Durrell’s Selected Poems
Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems
Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Robert Bly
Robert Bly’s Four Ramages
Olav Hauge’s Trusting Your Life to Water and Eternity translated by Robert Bly
Tomas Tranströmer’s 20 Poems translated by Robert Bly
Robert Bly’s My Sentence Was A Thousand Years of Joy
A Julius Berg Baumann poem from his Fra Vidderne translated by Josh Preston
I can’t find my book of collected Yeats poems. Or the ever-so-old copy of D.H. Lawrence poems. But perhaps I have enough to sort through – though I’m afraid we might be limited to only one or two.
My favorite Rilke poem?
I live my life in growing orbits
which move out over the things of the world
Perhaps I can never achieve the last,
but that will be my attempt.
I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,
and I have been circling for a thousand years
and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm,
or a great song.
Or Robert Bly’s The Dark Autumn Nights…?
I love the tiny Bly book, Four Ramages, with illustrations & graphics by Barbara LaRue King.
Okay, my decision has been made…I’m going for all three Bly poems!
(plus the other 3 Ramages)
Who (or what) are your favorite poets (or poems)?