DPF / Strand

PIA: from June 5, 2016.

For wishes, from poetryfoundation.org.

from The Minister of Culture Gets His Wish / by Mark Strand

The Minister of Culture goes home after a grueling day at the office. He lies on his bed and tries to think of nothing, but nothing happens or, more precisely, does not happen.

DPF / Padgett

For one kind of lesson (from a repeat poem) on the night before all the lessons begin again for the 2016-2017 school year. Class of ’17+, your first day is tomorrow! From How to be Perfect.


from History Lesson / by Ron Padgett
I think that Geoffrey Chaucer did not move

the way a modern person moves.

He moved only an inch at a time, in what

we call stop action. 

DPF / Mark

PIA: from June 29, 2016.

For gratitude for spectacles, from Tsim, Tsum.

from The 10 Stages of Beatrice / by Sabrina Orah Mark

The possibility that she is not alive, in this stage, never enters her mind. This stage is only possible if the spectacle comes to town.

DPF / Collins

For our daughter’s 15th birthday today, from The Art of Drowning.

from On Turning Ten / by Billy Collins

You tell me it is too early to be looking back, 
but that is because you have forgotten 
the perfect simplicity of being one 
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two. 
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit. 
At four I was an Arabian wizard. 
I could make myself invisible 
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way. 
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.