DPF / Shvarts

For Bird Week. Maybe not the raven you were expecting. This one’s from Contemporary Russian Poetry, edited by Gerald S. Smith, 1993.

from The Raven / by Elena Shvarts, trans. by Gerald S. Smith

An old Raven asked for my heart
To take away to its baby ravens

DPF / Thoreau

Birds this week. Needing a bluebird of happiness today. Best known for Walden, he was a poet first.  http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/601

from The Bluebirds / by Henry David Thoreau

In the midst of the poplar that stands by the door,
We planted a bluebird box

DPF / Collins

For this week’s back-to-work theme, an easy one: birds. This one’s from Bright Wings, the anthology edited by Billy Collins with paintings by David Allen Sibley. Less than eight months to Christmas. 🙂

from Christmas Sparrow / by Billy Collins

breathing there
among the metallic angels, ceramic apples, stars of yarn

DPF / Gallagher

Thematically last for the week: American poet, writing in the 1980’s, and a woman. This one’s from her book, Instructions to the Double, 1976.

from Cows, A Vision / by Tess Gallagher

The cows were never born. They came
with the land

DPF / Waldman

Another: woman, American, writing in the 1980’s. This one’s from her book Countries, published in 1980. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/523

from Van Gogh’s Room / by Anne Waldman

green window
red blanket
blue door

DPF / Bang

Another American poet, another woman writing in the 1980’s. I have been to Spain, but my only earthquakes were in Los Angeles and one felt as far south as North County San Diego. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/548

from The Earthquake She Slept Through / by Mary Jo Bang

She slept through the earthquake in Spain.
The day after was full of dead things.