02 June 2009

A New (to me) Poem

I just bought Essential Pleasures, the new poetry anthology edited by Robert Pinsky, creator of the Favorite Poem Project, for the library. I think Robert Pinsky heads up brilliant poetry projects. The poems he selects are notably accessible and he includes a nice range of time periods and styles. Or maybe he just includes a significant number of my favorites. The new anthology encourages listening to poetry read aloud (http://poemsoutloud.net is promoted in the book) and includes a CD of selected poems.

This is the end of Amy Lowell's poem "The Letter." I discovered it in Essential Pleasures.

I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against
The want of you;
Of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
And I scald alone, here, under the fire
Of the great moon.

Holy cow! Have you ever heard anything as descriptive as chafing my heart against the want of you? I can't get over it. It's too good.

4 comments:

Lady Susan said...

Wow! Seriously good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Heidi said...

I love the poem. I had to look up the whole thing and it's fantastic.

Yankee Girl said...

Love It!

MBC said...

Isn't it beautiful? The entire poem is here, and as Heidi noted, the whole thing is fantastic.

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