Thursday, July 19, 2012

Poetry Friday


One of the best things about subscribing to online poetry magazines is that I wake up every morning to poems in my inbox!  I always look forward to discovering poets who are new to me. This week, The Writer's Almanac published "The Fence Painter" by Richard Jones.  I liked the poem a lot and decided to search the archives and internet to read more of his poems. I realized that althougth I hadn't recognized the poet's name, I had indeed read and enjoyed his work. Today I'm sharing one of my favorite poems by Richard Jones from his collection The Blessing.



Why do poets write?


My wife, a psychiatrist, sleeps
through my reading and writing in bed,
the half-whispered lines,
manuscripts piled between us,

You can read or listen to the rest of the poem here, and read more Richard Jones' poems here.
Enjoy more poetry gems over at A Teaching Life.

18 comments:

  1. Just read the rest of the poem...loved it. I'll have to read more of his. Thanks for sharing. My post will be up after midnight. Hope you can stop by.

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    1. Donna- I'm glad you liked the poem. I want to read more of his work too! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Linda

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  2. What an interesting poem....and it rings so true. Thank you for introducing me to this poet, Linda, I shall have to check out more of Jones' work.

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    1. Tara- I agree, the poem does ring true! I hope you're having a great weekend!
      -Linda

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  3. I really love the last two lines of that poem. I hadn't heard of Jones, either so I'll have to read more of his work.

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    1. Katya- Discovereing poets new to me is one thing I love about subscribing to the online poetry magazines.

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  4. No doubt, poetry is therapeutic. I like the parallels the poet makes here. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Irene- I like the parallels too! It's a great poem!
      -Linda

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  5. Hmm... as a clinician, I can relate pretty well. I liked reading through the poem as it rings true. :)

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    1. Myra-I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by!
      -Linda

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  6. Love the way that poem shines a light on the blessing of balance in that relationship.

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    1. Andi- I agree! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Linda

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  7. I'm a poet. My husband is a therapist. Yes, it definitely rings true.

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    1. Dori- It sounds like the perfect poem for you! : ) Thanks!
      -Linda

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  8. Linda, I'm SO glad you shared this poem. I also enjoyed the Fence Painter poem, but this one blows me away. That ending. Oh. Isn't that why we ALL write poems?

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  9. Thanks, Laura. The ending is what got me too, and yes, that's why we all write poems. I just wish I could write one as wonderful as this!

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