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LapReader
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Mehso-so

Was super excited to read this for #poemsbeforephones. I got it from the Salvos at Toronto for the bargain price of 50 cents (I think a poetry lover may have died because there was a lot of old volumes of poetry in a crate by themselves) & right about now I‘m glad I only paid that much. I will persevere hoping I connect with it soon. At the moment it just feels like he is pulling my leg. There are some outstanding lines every now and again though.

monalyisha Whoops! Glad you‘re doing the poetry thing, though! 4mo
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DivineDiana
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Starting From Paumanok

See, steamers steaming through my poems,
See, in my poems immigrants continually coming and landing,
See, in arriere, the wigwam, the trail, the hunter‘s hut, the flatboat, the maize-leaf, the claim, the rude fence, and the backwoods village...

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LapReader
Selected Poems | Kate Llewellyn
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Pickpick
StayCurious Well that looks delicious! 4mo
monalyisha Hooray! 🙌🏻 4mo
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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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On the Road
by Anna Akhmatova
Translated from the Russian by Jane Kenyon

Though this land is not my own
I will never forget it,
or the waters of its ocean,
fresh and delicately icy.

Sand on the bottom is whiter than chalk,
and the air, drunk like wine.
Late sun lays bare
the rosy limbs of the pine trees.

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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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Drawing from the Past

Only Mama and I were at home.
We ate tomato sandwiches
with sweeps of mayonnaise
on indifferent white bread.

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SilversReviews Love garden tomatoes with mayo!! YUM..I have been putting basil on mine too. 😊 5mo
DivineDiana @SilversReviews Great addition! 😋 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly This photo should come with a trigger warning! I can‘t even watch mayo commercials. I have a serious issue. #GradeAFreak 5mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly 😂I think you should treat yourself to a tomato sandwich today! 🍅 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I worked at Delancey St. when I was in college. This lady came in every day and ordered the grossest concoction which included mayo - ON HER BAGEL! I used to go running to the back room when I saw her coming. 5mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly You weren‘t kidding! A serious issue! Poor bagel; poor you! 🙁 5mo
MicheleinPhilly But I love tuna salad and egg salad. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It‘s very strange. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks Like @MicheleinPhilly I can‘t stand mayo 🤢! But it‘s ok in when included in recipes such as deviled eggs 😊. 5mo
Redwritinghood Tomato sandwich. Yum. 😋😋 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks YES! Welcome to my freak club! Come sit by me! 5mo
monalyisha @ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhily SAME. Except I don‘t like deviled eggs very much either. Or tuna salad. Egg salad I can weirdly sometimes handle. But it‘s gotta be light on the mayo FOR SURE. I try to be cool if it accidentally ends up on my sandwich or on food that I‘ve ordered (I don‘t want to be a brat) but I avoid it WHENEVER possible. 🤮 (edited) 5mo
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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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Insomnia at the Solstice

Washing up, I say
to the face in the mirror,
“You‘re still here! How you bored me
all night, and now I‘ll have
to entertain you all day....”

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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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Not Writing

A wasp rises to its papery
nest under the eaves
where it daubs

at the gray shape
but seem unable
to enter its own house.

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SilversReviews How they do this is AMAZING isn‘t it? 5mo
DivineDiana @SilversReviews I am in awe of nature! ❤️ 5mo
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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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Lines for Akhmatova

“In the end you outlived the genocidal
Georgian with his mustache thick as a snake.
And in triumph, an old woman, you wrote:
I can‘t tell if the day is ending, or the world,
or if the secret of secrets is within me again.”

As I had read a book of Anna Akhmatova‘s poems this year, it was wonderful to see her referenced in this poet‘s work.
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Redwritinghood Love this one. 6mo
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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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The Three Susans

The sun drops low over the pond.
Long shadows move out from the stones,
and a chill rises from the moss,
prompt as a deacon. And at Keat‘s grave
in the Protestant cemetery in Rome
it is already night,
and wild cats are stalking in the moat.

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monalyisha This reminds me of that Kids in the Hall sketch: “30 Helens Agree.” 😅 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Googled “30 Helens Agree” as it was new to me. Hilarious but could not find one about Keats grave. 🤔 6mo
monalyisha @DivineDiana Ha! Glad you looked it up. There‘s nothing about Keats‘ grave; it was more the title of the poem. 😉 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Now I get it! 🤦‍♀️ 6mo
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DivineDiana
Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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Waiting

There she is: of the right age, dressed
expensively, stiffly, carrying a straw
summer bag with a scrimshaw whale on the lid,
a hard little basket out of which she draws
a single large bill for the food. Clearly
this time she‘s come alone.

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gradcat I love what you‘ve done here. ♥️ 6mo
DivineDiana @gradcat Thank you! ❤️ 6mo
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