As a lover of poetry and a graduate student in the English – Writing program at Salem State University, I have not only found Poems in the Manner Of, to be fun and interesting to read; I have also found it useful for my class.
I am currently enrolled in a poetry workshop at SSU, reading some of the poets whose work David Lehman emulates and pays homage to.
A workshop is a great opportunity to explore different styles and be inspired by the works of others to sometimes create a piece based on another poet’s topics, ideas and styles and make it all our own.
Given this, Lehman provides plenty of inspiration as well as insight to the poets, which is invaluable to the student of poetry.
Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Rilke, William Carlos Williams, Wordsworth, Neruda, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, and Charles Bukowski are among the poets who are featured in Lehman’s Poems in the Manner Of.
This is a great volume for poetry lovers, poetry students and people just starting to appreciate the vast world of poetry.
I am reminded this morning of this quote from Louise Hay:
“This year is like no other year I have ever lived before.” – Louise L. Hay
There feels as if a great darkness has descended upon us and we are trapped there, penned in, with little route for escape. The darkness will hold us captive unless we find our way out into the light through whatever openings we can find throughout our daily lives.
We are the master’s of our own lives. We make the choices of our own destiny. Let us find the light where we can and rise out of the darkness not giving power to the forces that wish to hold us down. The darkness must not win. Find your empowerment where you can, and let that guide you.
This beautiful quote speaks to the trials and tribulations of life and how we emerge as stronger and better human beings…
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
In the dance of life,
You must begin
By stretching your wings.
And then you leap
Into the unknown
To soar on the winds of change.
~ Pamela Leavey
Nature is always my go to place when I am troubled. So many people I know feel “Lost” right now. Go lose yourself in nature and you will find some solace…
by David Wagoner, from Collected Poems 1956-1976 Continue reading
Never get so caught up in the noise around you, that you might forget that there are also moments like these when in the still you see the reflection of light and color and you are lifted up, if only for a moment, to the glory and the grace of beauty in its purest form.
Even when things appear to be dark, there is still light behind that darkness. Let that light in. Seek that light. Let the very thought of it envelope you and protect your psyche, now and always.
Photo: Sunset on the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Massachusetts at Lowell’s Boat Shop.