March 31, 2016

Poem to First Love by Matthew Yeager

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March 31, 2016
 

Poem to First Love

 
Matthew Yeager
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About This Poem

 

“I wrote this about a year after Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s career home-run record. An idea for a Hank Aaron simile begat the poem; it lead to the memory of some fine feelings.”
—Matthew Yeager

 

Matthew Yeager is the author of Like That (Forklift Books, 2016). He lives in New York City.

 

Photo credit: Mateusz Broughton

Poetry by Yeager

 

Like That

(Forklift Books, 2016)

"A Love Song" by William Carlos Williams

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"Baseball and Writing" by Marianne Moore

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"Because it looked hotter that way" by Camille T. Dungy

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Poem-a-Day

 

Launched during National Poetry Month in 2006, Poem-a-Day features new and previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets on weekdays and classic poems on weekends.

 
 

March 30, 2016

Dum Spiro Spero by Erin Belieu

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March 30, 2016
 

Dum Spiro Spero

 
Erin Belieu
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About This Poem

 

“This was written at the beginning of grieving a long relationship, and a family, that died from chronic dishonesty and unfaithfulness. We humans often try to keep our sentimental stories in place, knowing that, when we finally let go of them, we’ll have to face the self deceptions that allowed us to willingly participate in causing our own pain. That’s rock bottom, isn’t it?  But I think the urge to make poems in our darkest moments is a very hopeful one. It’s a good life, if you don’t give in.”
—Erin Belieu

 

Erin Belieu is the author of Slant Six (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). She directs the creative writing program at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

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Poetry by Belieu

 

Slant Six

(Copper Canyon Press, 2014)

"We're All Ghosts Now" by Dara Wier

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"Wildwood Flower" by Kathryn Stripling Byer

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"Anecdotes" by Baron Wormser

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Poem-a-Day

 

Launched during National Poetry Month in 2006, Poem-a-Day features new and previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets on weekdays and classic poems on weekends.

 
 

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