Thursday, September 22, 2016

Today's poem by Midge Goldberg

I've posted poems on the blog for a long time. Sometimes there are hardly any comments, and other times there are many. A few people have said they didn't think they liked poetry until they read a poem here. That's probably because I enjoy poems that I can understand.

A few months ago I was introduced to the poet Midge Goldberg on a New Hampshire Public Radio program called The Bookshelf. You may listen to it here. The host describes her poems as "accessible," which is so important to me as a reader.

I bought her newest collection.


Now, Here

This isn't nowhere, but it's nowhere
enough. A narrow forest hides
this pond, this house, this plot of sky.
Only the highest pine,
branches gesticulating,
reaches the wider world.
A coyote threads the woods, unnoticed.

Midge Goldberg 

17 comments:

  1. I like this poem very much, Nan. It has a lovely feeling to it, somewhere between loneliness and solitude. Thank you.
    Mary

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    1. Beautiful description! And I love it that Now, Here is nowhere. I didn't spot it until I'd read the poem several times.

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  2. I like it. I wonder if the poet will see your post. I hope so.

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  3. How wonderful! I'm a poetry lover, too - wish there were more promoted.

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    1. I expect there are blogs out there just devoted to poetry, but I don't know them.

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  4. Sounds like some poetry I would like. I also like straight forward poetry. I don't want to have to study and try to decide what in the world all of those words mean.
    Mary Oliver is my favorite.

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    1. If you listen to the link, she reads a couple which are really delightful!

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  5. I must say I like poetry I can understand easily too... very fond of what's known as doggerel.

    Nan, I'm just checking here... did you intend to delete your comments to a couple of my recent posts? If you did, no problem, but I'm just wondering if there's some kind of weird glitch going on.

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    1. I like doggerel myself!I just emailed you about the deletions.

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  6. Lovely poem, thank you. She reminds me a little of Alice Oswald, an English poet, I wonder if you have read or heard any of her work. She is in love with water.

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    1. Yes! Years ago you sent me a book of her poetry, and I've meant to post here about her work. The book was Woods etc. I like her a lot.

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    2. Oh Lord, my memory. I'm sorry I forgot!

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    3. Not your memory at all! You have sent me so very many wonderful books over a lot of years. I only remember because I was the grateful recipient.

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  7. Accessible indeed! Lovely -- she might almost be describing a certain Hill Farm, don't you think?

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  8. I wonder who likes poems they can't easily understand? Besides every English teacher I ever had. As a kid I liked poetry, probably from the Childcraft books we had. Then we started studying poetry in school and it just about turned me against it. I don't seek it out much anymore, and that's a shame. I really like some poems, such as this one--thanks for sharing. Great photos BTW.

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