April 30, 2010

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Drinking As Much Coffee As You Want!

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 04:03 PM PDT

Imagine drinking as much coffee as you can without the side effects. No more hyper-acidity. No more heart palpitations. No more insomnia for drinking too much java. You will just be able to enjoy the rich brewed coffee cup after cup after cup. I know, this is starting to sound like a tv commercial, but allow me, for I love coffee! In my heaven there will always be good coffee. Cappuccino everyone? ;-)


Poem-A-Day: Mark Statman, Translating Garcia Lorca

Academy of American Poets

April 30, 2010

Today's poem is from Tourist at Miracle, published by Hanging Loose Press. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Related Poems
Duende
by Tracy K. Smith
Once More, with Feeling
by Luis Cernuda
Arbolé, Arbolé . . .
by Federico García Lorca


Today's Audio April Featured Recording
Dream Song #4
by John Berryman

Recorded on October 31, 1963


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Translating García Lorca
by Mark Statman

for Pablo Medina

the danger is not
that he'll take over
my poems
but that when it happens
I won't know

(image of cow, of horse
of cadaver or sleepy river
or a pure and less
than innocent love)

so when someone points it out
I won't see—
already eaten
devoured

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April 29, 2010

Poem-A-Day: Ada Limon, Sharks in the Rivers

Academy of American Poets

April 29, 2010

Today's poem is from Sharks in the Rivers, published by Milkweed Editions. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Related Poems
I Wonder What It Feels Like to be Drowned?
by Robert Graves
In a Breath
by Carl Sandburg
Inheritance of Waterfalls and Sharks
by Martín Espada



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Today's Audio April Featured Recording
As I Step Over a Puddle at the End of Winter, I Think of an Ancient Chinese Governor
by James Wright

Recorded March 20, 1964


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Sharks in the Rivers
by Ada Limón

We'll say unbelievable things
to each other in the early morning—

our blue coming up from our roots,
our water rising in our extraordinary limbs.

All night I dreamt of bonfires and burn piles
and ghosts of men, and spirits
behind those birds of flame.

I cannot tell anymore when a door opens or closes,
I can only hear the frame saying, Walk through.

It is a short walkway—
into another bedroom.

Consider the handle. Consider the key.

I say to a friend, how scared I am of sharks.

How I thought I saw them in the creek
across from my street.

I once watched for them, holding a bundle
of rattlesnake grass in my hand,
shaking like a weak-leaf girl.

She sends me an article from a recent National Geographic that says,

Sharks bite fewer people each year than
New Yorkers do, according to Health Department records.


Then she sends me on my way. Into the City of Sharks.

Through another doorway, I walk to the East River saying,

Sharks are people too.
Sharks are people too.
Sharks are people too.


I write all the things I need on the bottom
of my tennis shoes. I say, Let's walk together.

The sun behind me is like a fire.
Tiny flames in the river's ripples.

I say something to God, but he's not a living thing,
so I say it to the river, I say,

I want to walk through this doorway
But without all those ghosts on the edge,
I want them to stay here.
I want them to go on without me.

I want them to burn in the water.

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