Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Li-Young Lee, William Stafford and Eavan Boland

“The Peace of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry

by Mary Oliver

“Little Father”
by Li-Young Lee

“Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron”
by William Stafford

by Eavan Boland

3 thoughts on “Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Li-Young Lee, William Stafford and Eavan Boland

  1. Rethabile

    O My Invisible Estate

    Where the afternoon sun blears the city,
    where the high-numbered streets zero
    their dignity, we live without irony.
    No house but a shadow
    of a house, but when we need a shadow
    this shadow is ours. The shadow
    of a man and his two arms, tenderness
    and some hunger that I was rocked in.
    And whatever house has been in me since then,
    a flesh made and unmade since then,
    I find that every churchyard has a stone
    that bears our name, Father. Imagine
    the monuments to a name so common,
    imagine that dark land is what we own.

    (by Bruce Smith, from the book ‘In my Father’s house’)

    Michelle, apart from Auden’s poem, there’s Mr Smith’s (above). Writing about death is hard, and I know because I’ve tried, having lost a brother and a nephew to political violence. For comfort, I hope, here are my thoughts on this difficult reality:
    http://poefrika.blogspot.com/2006/12/passing.html http://poefrika.blogspot.com/2008/06/august.html and http://poefrika.blogspot.com/2007/03/in-kitchen.html

    Much love

    PS: I sent you an email this morning, then I thought you mightn’t have access to your work email, hence this comment here.

    The poems in your post are magnificent.

  2. Michelle Post author

    Hello Jo, my friend.

    Reth, thank you so much for your message, the poem and your links. I will definitely check them out. Love to you, my friend.

    Thank you Christine, Carolee, Lisa and Jody for the above poem links – and Angela France for “When Great Trees Fall” – and Veteran for his poem, and Jo, Candy, Sally Evans and Sally Read, Sheenagh, Andrea, John, Sean and Joy, Sarah, Graham, Morag, Josie, Nesrin and Isobel for their suggestions.

    So many thank yous for your support and thoughts.

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