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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.

    Entries in lyric poetry (15)


    Lyric Life Episode 18: Sharon Olds, "Adolescence"

    Powerful stuff, as always with Olds' poetry. She's got an uncompromising vision, even when, as here, she turns playful, even adolescent. Man, I envy those words--but am so glad she's able to put them out there and make them sing. Here's the poem:

    When I think of my adolescence, I think
    of the bathroom of those seedy hotels
    in San Francisco, where my boyfriend took me.
    I had never seen bathrooms like that--
    no curtains, no towels, no mirror, just
    a sink green with grime and a toilet
    yellow and black--like something in a science experiment,
    growing the plague in bowls.
    Sex was still a crime, then,
    I'd sign out of my college dorm
    to a false destination, sign into
    the flophouse under a false name,
    go down the hall to the one bathroom
    and lock myself in. And I could not learn to get that
    diaphragm in, I'd decorate it
    like a cake, with glistening spermicide,
    and lean down, and it would leap from my fingers
    and sail into a corner, to land
    in a concave depression like a rat's nest,
    I'd bend and pluck it out and wash it
    and wash it down to that fragile dome,
    I'd frost it again till it was shimmering
    and bend it into its little arc and it would
    fly through the air, rim humming
    like Saturn's ring, I would bow down and crawl to retrieve it.
    When I think of being nineteen
    that's what I see, that delicate disc
    floating through the air and descending, I see myself
    kneeling and reaching, reaching for my life.

    If you'd like to buy a collection of her poems with this one in it, click here.

    To hear the podcast, either go to the media player at the top of the page under my name, "Mark"; or click the link at the bottom of this page to open a small media player in your browser.

    Of course, I'd be thrilled if you'd subscribe to my podcast on iTunes. Thanks. It's here.

    Sharon Olds, "Adolescence"


    Lyric Life, Episode 17: Adam Zagajewski, "Try To Praise The Mutilated World"

    Great poem, eh? But even more meaningful to me because of how it stood inside my emotional space during a very frightening week. True, real, and painful. But as the poet says, "You must praise the mutilated world."

    Because of copyright issues, it's impossible to print the poem here. However, you can find it here on the Poetry Foundation website. Or you can find it here on The New Yorker site.

    As to the podcast itself, please find it at the top of the section under my name, "Mark," in the media player. There's a drop-down menu in the center of the player that lets you select the episode you want. Or click the link at the bottom of this page to open up a small player right in your browser.

    Adam Zagajewski, "Try To Praise The Mutilated World"


    Lyric Life, Episode 16: Matthew Olzmann, "Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem"

    I hope you liked the poem on this podcast as much as I did. It's terrific work, honest and very real. And it feels like a relationship: the little things, the constant uneasy alliance, the slow dissolve into the love we're told is supposed to happen right up front. As I said, terrific.

    Because of copyright issues, I'm not posting the poem here but you can find it at Rattle Magazine through this link.

    And if you want to know about Olzmann, here's his website. He's a careful, sly poet--and I'm sure his work will return to this podcast soon.

    If you haven't heard the podcast episode itself, look in the media player at the top of the entries under my name, "Mark"--or press the link just below to open up the podcast in your browser.


    Matthew Olzmann, "Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem"


    Lyric Life, Episode 15: Wallace Stevens, "The Snowman"

    It's hard to talk about a poem like this. Hard because I've lived with it so long. If you'd like to hear my thoughts, click on the media player up top. The podcast for this particular poem is in the drop-down menu at center top of the player.

    If you'd like a copy of Stevens' work, click here.

    Wallace Stevens, "The Snowman"


    One must have a mind of winter 
    To regard the frost and the boughs 
    Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; 

    And have been cold a long time 
    To behold the junipers shagged with ice, 
    The spruces rough in the distant glitter 

    Of the January sun; and not to think 
    Of any misery in the sound of the wind, 
    In the sound of a few leaves, 

    Which is the sound of the land 
    Full of the same wind 
    That is blowing in the same bare place 

    For the listener, who listens in the snow, 
    And, nothing himself, beholds 
    Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

    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.