DPF / Ashbery

For another poet we will miss, from poetryfoundation.org: July 28, 1927-September 3, 2017.

from How to Continue / by John Ashbery (1927-2017)

And when it became time to go
they none of them would leave without the other
for they said we are all one here
and if one of us goes the other will not go
and the wind whispered it to the stars
the people all got up to go
and looked back on love


DPF / Meléndez

For sometimes when the world turns upside down, it’s a blessing, from Poetry, September 2017.

from Future Memories / by Mario Meléndez, translated from the Spanish by Eloisa Amezcua

My sister woke me very early
that morning and told me
‘Get up, you have to come see this
the ocean’s filled with stars’

DPF / Collins

For all the readers out there and for those readers headed back to work after any summer vacation, I hope you got to enjoy some great summer reads, from poets.org.

from Dear Reader / by Billy Collins

Baudelaire considers you his brother,
and Fielding calls out to you every few paragraphs
as if to make sure you have not closed the book,
and now I am summoning you up again,
attentive ghost, dark silent figure standing
in the doorway of these words.