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divine poems ~ classical poetry (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

2012  featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Divine Poems
by classic poets

i thought i might include a post of  classical poetry  by famous poets of  the past,  though i must admit that i much prefer  “modern”  poetry…  with the exception of  the final poem,  which is my favorite of  all poems.

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No Man is an Island

John Donne
1624

No man is an island entire of  itself;
every man is a piece of  the continent, a part of  the main;
if  a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if  a promontory were,
as well as a manor of  thy friends or of  thine own were;
any man’s death diminishes me,  because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

this is actually just a portion of  a longer piece by John Donne  “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”  which is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness.  the work consists of twenty-three parts  (‘devotions’) describing each stage of the sickness.  each part is further divided into a Meditation,  an Expostulation,  and a Prayer.  this piece is  Meditation XVII,  perhaps the best-known part of the work and forms part of Devotion XVII.

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“I want” — it pleaded — All its life

Emily Dickinson

“I want” — it pleaded — All its life —
I want — was chief  it said
When Skill entreated it — the last —
And when so newly dead —

I could not deem it late — to hear
That single — steadfast sigh —
The lips had placed as with a “Please”
Toward Eternity —      

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Bright Star

John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art –
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

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A Woman’s Shortcomings

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

She has laughed as softly as if she sighed,
She has counted six, and over,
Of a purse well filled, and a heart well tried -
Oh, each a worthy lover!
They “give her time”;  for her soul must slip
Where the world has set the grooving;
She will lie to none with her fair red lip:
But love seeks truer loving.

She trembles her fan in a sweetness dumb,
As her thoughts were beyond recalling;
With a glance for one, and a glance for some,
From her eyelids rising and falling;
Speaks common words with a blushful air,
Hears bold words, unreproving;
But her silence says – what she never will swear -
And love seeks better loving.

Go, lady! lean to the night-guitar,
And drop a smile to the bringer;
Then smile as sweetly, when he is far,
At the voice of an in-door singer.
Bask tenderly beneath tender eyes;
Glance lightly, on their removing;
And join new vows to old perjuries -
But dare not call it loving!

Unless you can think, when the song is done,
No other is soft in the rhythm;
Unless you can feel, when left by One,
That all men else go with him;
Unless you can know, when unpraised by his breath,
That your beauty itself wants proving;
Unless you can swear “For life, for death!” -
Oh, fear to call it loving!

Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past -
Oh, never call it loving!

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Come, Walk With Me

Emily Brontë

Come, walk with me,
There’s only thee
To bless my spirit now -
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled -

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew -
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine -

‘Nay call me not – it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship’s flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe’er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -’

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this is my favorite poem of  all time ~

First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay
1916

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -

It gives a lovely light!

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   { 2012 featured poets encore presentation }

{ all of  the above works are in the public domain }

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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Deserted  Dreams

by  Ainsley  Allmark

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On an old tired landscape
Shapes lie abandoned
Discarded
Like old memories
Near forgotten
From mind

Crying in the wilderness
Of…..READ MORE

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Water  Of  Peace

by  Ainsley  Allmark

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Talking rain
Coarse words in the darkness
No whispers
After dark
Or dreams of day
In momentary distraction
Drops scratching…..READ MORE

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“Epitaph”   King Crimson

i  know  i  recently  reblogged another of  Ainsley’s poems,  but as excellent as his writing has always been,  he has taken it to a new level this year.  the fact that “Deserted Dreams”  was inspired by two words from one of  my poems honors me.  i  hope you will follow the  “READ MORE”  links on both of  the above poems because they are truly extraordinary poetry.  you can find Ainsley’s writing at any of  the Dolphin links in the blogrolls at the bottom of  this page,  but his main blogs are  ‘Dolphin Muse‘  ‘Dolphin Ainsley‘  and  both poetry and photographs at  ‘Dolphin Visions‘ ~  you will give yourself  a gift if  you start subscribing to these blogs in a reader or via email.

thank you,  Ainsley,  for allowing me to share your writing.

artwork ~   “The Persistence of  Memory”   Salvador Dali
{  fair use }

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One Moon via Ainsley Allmark @DolphinDancer

One Moon

by  Ainsley Allmark
aka  @DolphinDancer

She played
Stirred the waters
Into a gentle whirlpool

One Moon showed
A secret face
Never seen
Except by her Lover


One Moon kissed
My….READ MORE

via  Dolphin Muse


Beethoven’s   “Moonlight  Sonata”

my gratitude to Ainsley Allmark  for allowing  me to re-blog  his poem  “One Moon”  today.  i hope it is the beginning  of  another series.  you will  find much of  Ainsley’s poetry  from  2012  at his main blog  ‘Dolphin Muse‘ and  Ainsley’s small stones from the January 2012 Mindful Writing Challenge can be found at  ‘Dolphin Ainsley‘.   you will  find links to the rest of  Ainsley’s Dolphin blogs,  including  ‘Dolphin Visions‘  which contains some of  his gorgeous photography as well as poetry,  in the blogroll at the bottom of  this page.

artwork   ~   “Autumn  flowers in  front of  full moon”    Hiroshige
{ public domain }

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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY ~ and the winners are….

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY

(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2013

and the winners are…

after a random drawing  { i put everyone’s email address into a bowl and (with my eyes closed) mixed them up then selected two } the winners of the books are:

comment #4 – Ivy   won  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn

comment #13 – Angela   won  “100 Best-Loved Poems

i will be sending them each an email notification and to obtain their mailing addresses.

thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Ivy and Angela!

hello,  all you poetry lovin’  girls and boys out there!  have i got a treat for you?  why,  yes,  i do!  i’m participating in the fourth annual  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY   in celebration of  (inter)National Poetry Month 2013.  the giveaway is being guest curated this year by  Susan Rich  at her blog  THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN.

what  is  the  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY  you ask?  any blogger who wants to can join in and give away a poetry book to TWO,  count them TWO,  people  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR FREE,  SHIPPING INCLUDED.  { i think they really should change the name officially to INTERnational Poetry Month given the number of  poets all over the world who participate in one way or another. }  so i get to choose the book each winner will receive.  i’ll tell you below how you can enter to win a book and how to sign up as a blogger wanting to give away two books.  right now,  let’s get to the books,  shall we?

the first book i am going to give away is by three extremely talented contemporary poets,  two of  whom i know in this corner of  the online poetry community,  Kelli Simpson  aka  Mama Zen and  Joy Ann Jones  aka  hedgewitch;  and the third,  Shay Caroline  aka  Fireblossom,  who dubbed me her  ‘Sista Poet’  which i deem to be one of  the greatest honors of  my life.  i will NEVER,  EVER,  EVER  be able to write anywhere close to the level of  these three women.  their brand new book is titled  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn”  and can be purchased on Amazon in the Kindle version  HERE  or as a paperback  HERE.

their description is ~
“A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal, both light and dark; riddles of needles and glass, demons and gypsies, love for men, love for other women, love for our children, love that damns and love that redeems, all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words.”

{ having already read the Kindle edition }  i say ~
Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn is written by three women who are probably the best contemporary poets I’ve ever read.  You will want to read this book over and over again because it’s just SO. DAMN. GOOD. I can’t give you a list of my favorite poems because as I read them, I feel the one in front of me is the best one yet… until i go on to the next… or back to the first. They are all superb!  This is a book for people who want to be amazed and surprised and enchanted by three supremely talented storytellers.

you can find these truly unique and amazing poets at their poetry blogs ~
Shay Caroline aka Fireblossom  blogs at  ‘Shay’s Word Garden
Kelli Simson aka Mama Zen blogs her poetry at  ‘another damn poetry blog  Motherhood After Dark
Joy Ann Jones aka hedgewitch blogs at ‘Verse Escape

the second book i am going to give away is titled  “100 Best-Loved Poems”  which is,  in their words  ~
“Popular, well-known poetry: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” “Death, be not proud,” “The Raven,” “The Road Not Taken,” plus works by Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas,  and many others…”

in my opinion,  it has an absolutely wonderful variety of  poetry from poets such as  Elizabeth Barrett BrowningWilliam Blake,  George Gordon Byron Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings,  Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Robert Frost,  John Keats,  Rudyard Kipling,  Edna St. Vincent Millay,  Edgar Allan Poe,  William Shakespeare,  Percy Bysshe Shelley and the list goes on.  there are sonnets and other form poetry,  and love poems,  and SHAKESPEARE,  for god’s sake!  i don’t know who determined that these are the “100 Best-Loved Poems” but i promise that not only will you find at least some poetry you enjoy,  you will learn a thing or two about writing great poetry.  i don’t believe i will ever attain the level of  excellence the poets in this book achieved.  it can be purchased on Amazon in paperback  HERE  and the Kindle version  HERE.

the giveaway is now closed

happy spring!

dani

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THE LAST DAY of the BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY ~ (inter)national poetry month 2013

THIS IS THE LAST DAY

of  the  BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY

(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2013

hello,  all you poetry lovin’  girls and boys out there!  have i got a treat for you?  why,  yes,  i do!  i’m participating in the fourth annual  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY   in celebration of  (inter)National Poetry Month 2013.  the giveaway is being guest curated this year by  Susan Rich  at her blog  THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN.

what  is  the  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY  you ask?  any blogger who wants to can join in and give away a poetry book to TWO,  count them TWO,  people  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR FREE,  SHIPPING INCLUDED.  { i think they really should change the name officially to INTERnational Poetry Month given the number of  poets all over the world who participate in one way or another. }  so i get to choose the book each winner will receive.  i’ll tell you below how you can enter to win a book and how to sign up as a blogger wanting to give away two books.  right now,  let’s get to the books,  shall we?

the first book i am going to give away is by three extremely talented contemporary poets,  two of  whom i know in this corner of  the online poetry community,  Kelli Simpson  aka  Mama Zen and  Joy Ann Jones  aka  hedgewitch;  and the third,  Shay Caroline  aka  Fireblossom,  who dubbed me her  ‘Sista Poet’  which i deem to be one of  the greatest honors of  my life.  i will NEVER,  EVER,  EVER  be able to write anywhere close to the level of  these three women.  their brand new book is titled  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn”  and can be purchased on Amazon in the Kindle version  HERE  or as a paperback  HERE.

their description is ~
“A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal, both light and dark; riddles of needles and glass, demons and gypsies, love for men, love for other women, love for our children, love that damns and love that redeems, all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words.”

{ having already read the Kindle edition }  i say ~
Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn is written by three women who are probably the best contemporary poets I’ve ever read.  You will want to read this book over and over again because it’s just SO. DAMN. GOOD. I can’t give you a list of my favorite poems because as I read them, I feel the one in front of me is the best one yet… until i go on to the next… or back to the first. They are all superb!  This is a book for people who want to be amazed and surprised and enchanted by three supremely talented storytellers.

you can find these truly unique and amazing poets at their poetry blogs ~
Shay Caroline aka Fireblossom  blogs at  ‘Shay’s Word Garden
Kelli Simson aka Mama Zen blogs her poetry at  ‘another damn poetry blog  Motherhood After Dark
Joy Ann Jones aka hedgewitch blogs at ‘Verse Escape

the second book i am going to give away is titled  “100 Best-Loved Poems”  which is,  in their words  ~
“Popular, well-known poetry: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” “Death, be not proud,” “The Raven,” “The Road Not Taken,” plus works by Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas,  and many others…”

in my opinion,  it has an absolutely wonderful variety of  poetry from poets such as  Elizabeth Barrett BrowningWilliam Blake,  George Gordon Byron Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings,  Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Robert Frost,  John Keats,  Rudyard Kipling,  Edna St. Vincent Millay,  Edgar Allan Poe,  William Shakespeare,  Percy Bysshe Shelley and the list goes on.  there are sonnets and other form poetry,  and love poems,  and SHAKESPEARE,  for god’s sake!  i don’t know who determined that these are the “100 Best-Loved Poems” but i promise that not only will you find at least some poetry you enjoy,  you will learn a thing or two about writing great poetry.  i don’t believe i will ever attain the level of  excellence the poets in this book achieved.  it can be purchased on Amazon in paperback  HERE  and the Kindle version  HERE.

HERE’S THE SHORT VERSION OF HOW TO ENTER:

SCROLL DOWN TO THE COMMENTS

LEAVE YOUR FIRST NAME IN A COMMENT

LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE SIGN UP {NOT SEEN IN PUBLIC} OR

SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ME AT

myheartslovesongs (at) gmail (dot) com

THE WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL BY THE END OF THE WEEK

GIVEAWAY WILL BE CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

TUESDAY   30 APRIL 2013

THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!

i have ordered paperback copies of  both books  (neither was available in hardback)  and will receive them weeks before the winners are chosen.  here’s how that will work  ~  in order to put your imaginary hat in the proverbial ring to win one of  these books,  you must leave a comment  ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.  the COMMENT BOX DOES NOT APPEAR IF YOU ARE ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THE BLOG.  THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO THE PROPER COMMENT BOX IS TO CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THE POST  “BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY”,  GIVE IT A FEW SECONDS TO RELOAD ONLY THIS POST,  THEN SCROLL AAALLLLLLLLL  THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST where you will find the comment box.

as the blog author,  i approve all comments BEFORE they are published so you will NOT see your comment until i have an opportunity to approve it.  i will try to get to them all on the day they are submitted, but some may take longer before they appear.  if  you don’t see your comment within a week,   and definitely no later than April 28th,  please email me at myheartslovesongs@gmail.com.  i will also be checking my spam folder to make certain no one’s comment gets mis-identified as spam.

there are several options for signing in to leave a comment.  whether you sign in with WordPress,  Twitter,  Facebook,  or  just your email address and first name,  FOR YOUR ENTRY TO QUALIFYTHERE MUST BE AN EMAIL ADDRESS AND FIRST NAME (NOT A BLOG NAME or USER NAME).  IF THE FORMAT YOU USE TO SIGN IN,  FOR INSTANCE TWITTER,  DOES NOT PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND REAL FIRST NAME  (NOT YOUR TWITTER USER NAME)  THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE A COMMENT  AND  SEND ME AN EMAIL.  you MUST leave your first name IN your comment and say that you will email me YOUR email address.  { i do NOT recommend leaving your email address in a public comment.} 

send the email as follows:

TO:  myheartslovesongs@gmail.com

SUBJECT:   BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY

MESSAGE IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL:   tell me at least your first name and your email address.  that’s all there is to it.

SO HERE ARE THE RULES:

if there is not a first name and email address either in the comment or an email,  that entry will be disqualified.

if i receive an email from someone who did NOT leave a comment on this post,  that entry will be disqualified.

ONLY ONE ENTRY IS ALLOWED PER PERSON.  duplicate entries will be deleted.

YOU MAY ENTER WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A BLOG ~ all i need is your (real) first name and email address.

the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30,  2013.

this giveaway is open to everyone living anywhere in the world so long as you have an email address!

the FIRST WEEK OF MAY 2013,  i will put all the email addresses in a bowl,  close my eyes,  stir them around and then randomly select two winners.  the one i select first will receive “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn” and the one i select second will receive “100 Best-Loved Poems”.  i will be contacting the winners by email at which time you will have to be willing to provide me with your full name and your shipping address.  The authors of  these books are in no way sponsoring or involved in the giveaway; and the purchase of  the books and postage will be paid by me.  EACH WINNER RECEIVES ONE BOOK OF MY CHOICE ONLY.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY EMAIL ADDRESS OR PERSONAL INFORMATION BE MADE PUBLIC BY ME.

there will be an updated blog list at  THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN  for those of  you who would like to enter for more chances to win a book.  each blogger will be selecting the books they want to give away and each blog will have its own requirements.  check it out at least through April 10th for additional bloggers who you can visit to enter for their giveaway.

if  you are a blogger who would like to participate by giving away two poetry books,  please go to THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN  HERE  to get the instructions.  YOU MUST HAVE A COMPLETED POST SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO MINE PUBLISHED AND THE INFORMATION WITH A LINK TO YOUR POST, YOUR FULL NAME, AND BLOG NAME   IN A COMMENT TO SUSAN ON HER POST THERE  BY APRIL 10, 2013.  THERE ARE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS IN HER POST.

there are so many, many wonderful sites providing prompts and other activities to celebrate Poetry Month!  i had hoped to get a post up with descriptions and links to all of  the ones i know about before the first of  April.  many of  the sites do not require that you participate the entire month, so i will still put the post up as soon as i can,  at least by the middle of  April.  i had hoped to write and post a poem every day myself,  but that hasn’t been possible yet,  so i’ll just do it when and if  i can ~ which is a good attitude for anyone to have,  i think.  we’re supposed to be having fun!   i hope you’ll leave a comment for the giveaway!  good luck!

happy spring!

dani

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