Category: Poetry

A Successful Poetry Month

For the last two months, I’ve pursued some themed-reading. This is something I tried a couple of years ago as a year-long project, changing my reading theme every month, but it didn’t quite work. It seems to work better if I choose something just…

July, July!

Have you heard the song, “July, July!” by The Decemberists? You should. This is the story of the road that goes to my house And what ghosts there do remain And all the troughs that run the length and breadth of my house And…

A Lesbian Classic & Walt Whitman

I wrap-up my Pride Month reading with two final pieces of fiction, one a classic adult novel of lesbian literature, the other a young adult novel inspired by Walt Whitman. Please feel free to check out the rest of my pride month reads. I…

Six: The Aeneid

From The Aeneid of Virgil (circa 29-19 BC) Arms, and the Man I sing, who, forc’d by Fate, And haughty Juno’s unrelenting Hate; Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan Shoar: Long Labours, both by Sea and Land he bore; And in the doubtful War; before…

Five: To Lesbia

Song #5 to Lesbian by Gaius Valerius Catullus (circa 84-54 BCE) Come and let us live my Deare, Let us love and never feare. What the sourest Fathers say: Brightest Sol that dyes to day Lives againe as blith to morrow; But if we darke sons of sorrow Set;…

Four: Canticles

The Song of Songs (circa 3rd Century BCE) The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as…

Three: Psalmist

Psalm 23: The Psalmist (circa 6th Century B.C.E.)   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of…

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