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Poetry Roundup: April 2011

Today is the last day of the American National Poetry Month. (As an American expat living in Britain, I claim the right to celebrate either in April or October.) I tried to cover a range of time periods and as much of the world as I could with my nine poetry posts (though my knowledge of African poets is sadly deficient), which forced me to abandon the male-female-male-female scheme I had originally intended. My commentary is mostly personal, as I am no literary expert and these are simply the favourites I’ve gleaned from dilettante study over my lifetime. I hope at least a few people found this series entertaining.

  1. The Golden Palominos “Ride” with lyrics by Nicole Blackman (female, American)
  2. Philip Larkin “Next, Please” (male, English)
  3. Wisława Szymborska “Theatre Impressions” (female, Polish)
  4. Li Po “Along the Stream” (male, Chinese)
  5. Sandra Cisneros “I the Woman” (female, Mexican-American)
  6. William Blake “The Sick Rose” (male, English)
  7. Tachibana Hokushi “untitled haiku” (male, Japanese)
  8. Alexander Pushkin “Eugene Onegin” excerpt (male, Russian)
  9. Pablo Neruda “Oda al Gato/Ode to the Cat” excerpt (male, Chilean)
Tags: national poetry month, poetry
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