Poetry 2020 Edition 6

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


Collection # 11 by Mary Oliver,Penguin Books 2012, 82 pages

The Man Who Has Many Answers

The man who has many answers

is often found in the theaters of information

where he offers, graciously,

his deep findings.

While the man who has only questions,

to comfort himself, makes music


Collection # 12 by Ross Gay, the University of Pittsburgh Press 2015, 102 pages

To the Mistake

. . . drive to check

their beckoning phones

which mostly

bless them they

don’t the mistake

I say is a gift

don’t be afraid

see what it teaches you

about what the poem

can be I know

+ .  .  .

Lively and life affirming. One of the book blurbs says it is a “bright book of life”. You can’t help imagine that Gay  is always smiling and living life big and bright. So much movement and joy in these poems.


*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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2 thoughts on “Poetry 2020 Edition 6

  1. I’ve heard wonderful things about Gay!! A friend of mine told me that it’s one of their favorite-ever poetry collections, and I’ve been meaning to give it a go. In the meantime, though, I’m subscribed to the Poetry Foundation’s poem a day email, which has been great!

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