Our lives are too busy, distracted and dissatisfying. Art can jolt us back to the moment, to the simple joy of living. Poetry especially awakens my mind's attention from the lethargy of custom, and directing it to the loveliness and the wonders of the world before us. Here I share with the universe those poems that for me best peel away the film of familiarity and selfish solicitude, pointing a way back to the life more abundant.
The Oven Bird by Robert Frost25/06/2018 Duração: 06min
A sonnet pondering the inevitable passing of life's bloom and flower, and the question each of us must face as we aging creep our way toward death.
The world is too much with us, by William Wordsworth30/05/2018 Duração: 03min
Ever feel like our 21st century living distances us from what really matters in life? Wordsworth gives voice to that very concern, that our human preoccupations, especially economic ones, keep us from the direct experience of a world that is alive with a Divine Anima. For the pleasures of wealth we trade away the joy of sublime beauty that the natural world offers us.
The Lamb, and The Tyger, by William Blake20/05/2018 Duração: 06min
William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience were my earliest introduction to Romantic poetry. They too are large, they contain multitudes. Few poets have given me such an all-inclusive perspective from which to measure out the meaning of my daily life.
A Shropshire Lad 15, by A.E. Housman15/05/2018 Duração: 01min
What's worse than unrequited love? The loveless passing of your beloved. In this poem, A.E. Housman relives the agonies of the ignored and forgotten lovers of Narcissus.
Travel, by Edna St. Vincent Millay14/05/2018 Duração: 01min
A poem of the wanderlust one usually associates with the young and unattached, Vincent Millay reminds us that the voice beckoning us to adventure can be heard by anyone with ears to hear it.
Wild Nights – Wild Nights!12/05/2018 Duração: 54s
By Emily Dickinson, a poem of love and weather—or weathering love? Either way I love this poem—always it makes me think of my wife (and fellow English major).
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer11/05/2018 Duração: 46s
A short poem by Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass, one of my favorites.