[Poetry Friday] Poetry in Motion

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Fats here.

Today’s Poetry Friday post features another poetry collection. I discovered Poetry in Motion: 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses when I was researching other works by Molly Peacock. Two months ago, I featured two poems from Molly’s book, The Analyst. Molly was President of the Poetry Society of America from 1989 to 1994.

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In her Introduction, Molly wrote: Once marginalized, poetry has become a surprising cultural feast that invites everyone to attend, and the Poetry in Motion program has provided a banquet for millions. People of all ages, from teenagers to grandparents, respond to language that—in its depth, truth, and feeling—gives them something to think about on the ride home.”

This post will feature three of my favorite poems that were included in this collection. I’m quite certain that any reader will find a poem or two from this book that he or she is bound to fall in love with. Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Irene at Live Your Poem.


pf1013bPlease Give This Seat to an Elderly
or Disabled Person

I stood during the entire journey:
nobody offered me a seat
although I was at least a hundred years older than anyone else on board,
although the signs of at least three major afflictions
were visible on me:
Pride, Loneliness, and Art.

Nina Cassian (b. 1924)
Translated from the Romanian by Naomi Lazard

pf1013clove is a place

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

pf1013dfrom Ode to the Cat

There was something wrong
with the animals:
their tails were too long, and they had
unfortunate heads.
Then they started coming together,
little by little
fitting together to make a landscape,
developing birthmarks, grace, pep.
But the cat,
only the cat,
turned out finished,
and proud:
born in a state of total completion,
it sticks to itself and knows exactly what it wants.

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
Translated from the Spanish by Ken Krabbenhoft

 

  1. This has long been one of my favorite little books! Yes is a world, indeed! Thank you for highlighting it today. I will pull mine off the shelf. XO

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  2. This was one of my favorite poetry collections I had in my classroom. It must have been among my students’ favorites, too, because I lost it somewhere through the years. We even tried creating our own poetry in motion project by posting poems around the school–some written by published poets, and some by my students.

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  3. Hi Fats, sad to admit that this is a new anthology to me. It looks wonderful. Each poem’s a gem, but I know more than one friend who will adore that final one, cat lovers all. Thanks!

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  4. That Nina Cassian poem gives me a pang in the heart. She is so good at that. Thanks for sharing this book!

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