Poetry 2020 Edition 3

Poetry Goal 2020:  to read a poem* every day.


Collection #5 by Ted Kooser, Copper Canyon Press 2004, 87 pages


. . .

You asked me if I would be sad when it happened

and I am sad. But the iris I moved from your house
now hold in the dusty dry fists of their roots
green knives and forks as if waiting for dinner,
as if spring were a feast. I thank you for that.

+ .  .  .

Memory is another poem that I wanted to share but it is longer than appropriate for a post, and yes! it features pie but I couldn’t get that portion to be meaningful without also sharing every stanza.

Basic and powerful, simple images yet evocative of place and time. With “three kinds of pie”!

I hinted for this to be a lovely gift to me to those who might be so inclined to need a suggestion.


Collection #6 by Susana Gardner, Black Radish Books 2011, 115 pages


perhaps there is only gray  in what we

must name experience — in what we

site as meaning or wayward curiology —

yet before this time I only saw  black

as black or   white   as white   though

gray might certainly and often overtake

me — much more often was caught on

the edge of what is so easily nicked —

.  .  .

mere lapsed

feathery happenstance




*Or more. I’m not tracking, I’m just reading. I’m not limiting this experience to one poem a day – that is only the minimum.


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3 thoughts on “Poetry 2020 Edition 3

  1. Ted Kooser’s poems are so easy to read, and so gentle. He’s a good antidote to the current situation of the world and a consolation when a person has lost someone dear to her.

  2. Oh I LOVE this project! I subscribed to Poetry Foundation’s poem-a-day emails, and I’ve always been so glad I did. Even though I don’t love every single poem I receive, it’s an awesome way to discover new poets, and some of them are absolutely gorgeous and great.

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