Poetry Genius

An artist is the magician put among men to gratify — capriciously — their urge for immortality - Tom Stoppard

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Anger [mēnis], goddess, sing it, of Achilles son of Peleus - disastrous [oulomenē] anger that made countless pains [algea] for the Achaeans, and many steadfast lives [psūkhai] it drove down to Hādēs, heroes’ lives, but their bodies it made prizes for dogs

The Iliad

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Charles Bukowski

Ginsberg

Controversy

a book of myths

in which

our names do not appear.


Diving Into The Wreck

First row: Alfred Lord Tennyson - Robert Browning - Walt Whitman - William Butler Yeats - Gertrude Stein

Second row: Robert Frost - Carl Sandburg - Wallace Stevens - J.D. - T. S. Eliot

Third row: Edna St. Vincent Millay - Neil Armstrong - E. E. Cummings - Langston Hughes - W. H. Auden

Fourth row: Randall Jarrell - John Berryman - Dylan Thomas - Gwendolyn Brooks - Philip Larkin

Fifth row: Gregory Corso - Allen Ginsberg - Anne Sexton - Sylvia Plath - Frank O’Hara

A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

Dance, when you’re broken open.

Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.

Dance in the middle of the fighting.

Dance in your blood.

Dance when you’re perfectly free


- Rumi

“Gamblers All”

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