DPF/Akhmatova

For the saving grace of art. #amazonlink to The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova https://amzn.to/3ytLtTG


from "In Place of a Forward" for "Poem Without a Hero" / by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer, edited by Roberta Reeder 


     The poem does not have any third, seventh, or 
     twenty-ninth meanings.
     I shall neither change it nor explain it. 
     'What I have written -- I have written.'




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DPF/Hass

For something other than darkness. #amazonlink to The Best American Poetry 1997 / Editor: James Tate; Series Editor: David Lehman https://amzn.to/3NSgs1g


from "Interrupted Meditation" / by Robert Hass 


I'm a little ashamed that I want to end this poem
singing, but I want to end this poem singing --




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DPF/Berryman

For rain and wishing for the kind that doesn't flood, but calms. #amazonlink to John Berryman Collected Poems 1937-1971 https://amzn.to/3uz0hz3


from "Meditation" / by John Berryman


...summer rain
Filling the morning falls about the house. 




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DPF/Milosz

For the witnesses, and not just for those of the worst moments, but for the whole communities of witnesses: we who all raise every child together. The author translated his own poems from the Polish in collaboration with expert friends: students and poets and peers. #amazonlink to The Collected Poems https://amzn.to/3yFWS3Z


from "Vandeans" / by Czeslaw Milosz 


She was running, basket in hand, along a path near the castle.
Armed men ordered her to leave. 
Because when prisoners are shot, witnesses are unwelcome.




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