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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 metaphysical poetry (5)


    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 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 6: Philip Larkin, "Water"

    Up this week on Lyric Life, we've got Philip Larkin's gorgeous poem, "Water."

    If you'd like to listen to the episode on iTunes, click here.

    If you'd like to listen to the episode on our hosting site, click here.

    And if you'd like to listen to it in your own browser, click the link at the bottom of this page.

    Here's the poem. To buy all of Larkin's poems, a great collection with some stellar work (just wait for more of his poems on the podcast!), click this link to buy the book on amazon.


    Philip Larkin, "Water"


    If I were called in

    To construct a religion

    I should make use of water.


    Going to church

    Would entail a fording

    To dry, different clothes;


    My liturgy would employ

    Images of sousing,

    A furious devout drench,


    And I should raise in the east

    A glass of water

    Where any-angled light

    Would congregate endlessly.


    Podcast #6 on Larkin's "Water"


    Lyric Life, Episode 4: Stephen Dunn, "Dancing with God"

    If you listened to my latest podcast, you know this is a poem I resisted but have come to love. If you want to know more, please have a listen to the podcast in the player below. Or check it out on the iTunes platform here. Or click the link at the bottom of the page to hear it directly in your own browser.

    And if you want to check out more of Dunn's terrific, deceptively simple, and stunning gorgeous work, please click this link for a copy of the book that this poem comes from.


    "Dancing with God"

    At first the surprise
    of being singled out,
    the dance floor crowded
    and me not looking my best,
    a too-often-worn dress
    and the man with me
    a budding casualty
    of one repetition too much.
    God just touched his shoulder
    and he left.
    Then the confirmation
    of an old guess:
    God was a wild god,
    into the most mindless rock,
    but graceful,
    looking—this excited me—
    like no one I could love,
    cruel mouth, eyes evocative
    of promises unkept.
    I never danced better, freer,
    as if dancing were my way
    of saying how easily
    I could be with him, or apart.
    When the music turned slow
    God held me close
    and I felt for a moment
    I’d mistaken him,
    that he was Death
    and this the famous embrace
    before the lights go out.
    But God kept holding me
    and I him
    until the band stopped
    and I stood looking at a figure
    I wanted to slap
    or forgive for something,
    I couldn’t decide which.
    He left then, no thanks,
    no sign
    that he’d felt anything
    more than an earthly moment
    with someone who could’ve been
    anyone on earth.
    To this day I don’t know why
    I thought he was God,
    though it was clear
    there was no going back
    to the man who brought me,
    nice man
    with whom I’d slept
    and grown tired,
    who danced wrong,
    who never again
    could do anything right.


    Stephen Dunn's "Dancing with God"


    Lyric Life, Episode 2: Emily Dickinson's Poem 1263

    It's the first poem on my own podcast. Check it out here to see the podcasts on the iTunes site or look below for a direct link to open the podcast in your browser.

    But for now, here's the poem:



    Tell all the truth but tell it slant --

    Success in Circuit lies

    Too bright for our infirm Delight

    The Truth's superb surprise

    As Lightning to the Children eased

    With explanation kind

    The Truth must dazzle gradually

    Or every man be blind --



    For more Dickinson poems, consider a copy of her complete works, available at this link.

    Dickinson's Poem 1263