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    Here are the poems that go with my podcast, LYRIC LIFE. There are links to hear them on various platforms below. Or you can just click this player and listen to the podcasts here. The link at the top for "more episodes" will take you through the complete list. But scroll down to see more.


    Lyric Life, Episode 14: William Shakespeare, Sonnet #1

    The first sonnet in his sequence, up this week on Lyric Life.

    It's part of a three-part series that includes poetry by Sharon Olds and Galway Kinnell.

    If you'd like to find these podcasts, they're up top in the media player. Just click the center-top menu to find the one you want.

    William Shakespeare, Sonnet #1

    From fairest creatures we desire increase, 
    That thereby beauty's rose might never die, 
    But as the riper should by time decease, 
    His tender heir might bear his memory:
    But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
    Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
    Making a famine where abundance lies, 
    Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
    Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament 
    And only herald to the gaudy spring, 
    Within thine own bud buriest thy content 
    And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding. 
        Pity the world, or else this glutton be, 
        To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.


    Lyric Life, Episode 13: Galway Kinnell, "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps"

    I've loved Kinnell's work for years now. I took his "Book of Nightmares" on a long trip once, reading it over and over. This poem is not so frightening but equally honest, brutally so.

    If you'd like to hear Kinnell himself read the poem, click this link.

    If you'd like to purchase an anthology of his poetry, click this link.

    And if you haven't heard the podcast for this poem, check out the center-top menu in the media player above.

    For I can snore like a bullhorn 
    or play loud music
    or sit up talking with any reasonably sober Irishman 
    and Fergus will only sink deeper
    into his dreamless sleep, which goes by all in one flash, 
    but let there be that heavy breathing
    or a stifled come-cry anywhere in the house 
    and he will wrench himself awake 
    and make for it on the run—as now, we lie together, 
    after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies, 
    familiar touch of the long-married, 
    and he appears—in his baseball pajamas, it happens, 
    the neck opening so small he has to screw them on—
    and flops down between us and hugs us and snuggles himself to sleep, 
    his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child.
    In the half darkness we look at each other 
    and smile
    and touch arms across this little, startlingly muscled body—
    this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground of his making, 
    sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake, 
    this blessing love gives again into our arms.

    Lyric Life, Episode 12: Sharon Olds, "Sex Without Love"

    Here's the text of Olds' terrific poem, the one on today's podcast. If you haven't heard the episode, you can find it in the media player up top, right in the center menu.

    If you'd like to get a copy of Olds' poetry, check out this collection that contains this poem. Or check out this collection, more recent, stunningly honest..

    Sharon Olds, "Sex Without Love" (1980)

    How do they do it, the ones who make love
    without love? Beautiful as dancers,
    Gliding over each other like ice-skaters
    over the ice, fingers hooked
    inside each other’s bodies, faces
    red as steak, wine, wet as the
    children at birth, whose mothers are going to
    give them away. How do they come to the
    come to the come to the God come to the
    still waters, and not love
    the one who came there with them, light
    rising slowly as steam off their joined
    skin? These are the true religious,
    the purists, the pros, the ones who will not
    accept a false Messiah, love the
    priest instead of the God. They do not
    mistake the lover for their own pleasure,
    they are like great runners: they know they are alone
    with the road surface, the cold, the wind,
    the fit of their shoes, their over-all cardio
    vascular health—just factors, like the partner
    in the bed, and not the truth, which is the
    single body alone in the universe
    against its own best time.


    Lyric Life, Episode 11: Kay Ryan, "The Light of Interiors"

    What a stunning poem. I hope you enjoyed today's podcast. If you haven't heard it, please find it in the media player at the top of this page. Look in the center-top menu for it. Or click the link at the bottom of the page to have the podcast open up right in your browser.

    If you'd like to read the poem, I'm going to need to send you out to other websites because of copyright issues. You can look here (last poem on the page). Or here. Or here (with some beautiful photography).

    The poem comes from her collection THE NIAGARA RIVER. If you'd like to purchase that collection--and it's worth every cent--click here.

    Kay Ryan, "The Light of Interiors"


    Lyric Life, Episode 10: Emily Dickinson, Poem 772

    Here's the poem for today's podcast. I can't recommend enough getting the full collection of her work. Check it out at this link.

    If you haven't heard the podcast, you can find it in the media player above (menu is at center top). Or you can click the link below to open it up in your own browser.


    Poem 772


    Essential Oils -- are wrung --

    The Attar of the Rose

    Be not expressed by Suns -- alone --

    It is the gift of Screws --


    The General Rose -- decay --

    But this -- in Lady's Drawer

    Make Summer -- When the Lady lie

    In Ceaseless Rosemary --


    Emily Dickinson, Poem 772