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Bolts of Melody
Selected by Jim_Jordan

This notebook contains some of my favorite poets, in addition to some thoughts on reading and writing poetry. The name of this notebook comes from the dedication I wrote in my first book of poems titled "Chasing Emily". The dedication borrows a line from Emily Dickinson. The dedication is "If it weren't for you my love, I would not a chorus be, nor would I be a poet, with bolts of melody."

Heavily influenced by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Billy Collins.
"What Do Women Want?" by Kim Addonizio
Mermaid Song by Kim Addonizio
Salmon by Kim Addonizio
Beloved, my Beloved... (Sonnet 20) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My Letters! all dead paper... (Sonnet 28) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Say over again... (Sonnet 21) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Soul's Expression by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
When our two souls... (Sonnet 22) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If thou must love me... (Sonnet 14) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love in a Life by Robert Browning
Life in a Love by Robert Browning
Forgetfulness by Billy Collins
Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
Fishing on the Susquehanna in July by Billy Collins
Some Days by Billy Collins
The Golden Years by Billy Collins
My life closed twice before its close (96) by Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death (712) by Emily Dickinson
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (216) by Emily Dickinson
It's all I have to bring today (26) by Emily Dickinson
I cannot live with You (640) by Emily Dickinson
I heard a Fly buzz (465) by Emily Dickinson
I measure every Grief I meet (561) by Emily Dickinson
I'm Nobody! Who are you? (260) by Emily Dickinson
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280) by Emily Dickinson
Wild Nights – Wild Nights! (249) by Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers (254) by Emily Dickinson
Howl, Parts I & II by Allen Ginsberg
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps by Galway Kinnell
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII) by Edna St. Vincent Millay
First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Second Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Book of Questions, III by Pablo Neruda
Love For This Book by Pablo Neruda
Still Another Day: I by Pablo Neruda
The Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
Unity by Pablo Neruda
Curse by Pablo Neruda
Daddy by Sylvia Plath
Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
Morning Song by Sylvia Plath
Her Kind by Anne Sexton
The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton
Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton
The Look by Sara Teasdale
What Do I Care by Sara Teasdale
I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale
The Kiss by Sara Teasdale
Poetic Form: Sonnet
Groundbreaking Book: Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1941)
Poetry Landmark: Emily Dickinson's Home in Amherst, MA
How to Read a Poem
Poems of Passion and Sex
Poetic Form: Ode
"Tell All the Truth but tell it slant": First-Person Usage in Poetry by Cate Marvin
"All My Poems Are Love Poems": When Two Poets Fall In Love by Craig Morgan Teicher
Bright Star: Campion's Film About the Life and Love of Keats
Sylvia: The Movie
A Brief Guide to Confessional Poetry
A Brisk Walk: Billy Collins in Conversation by Billy Collins
Entering to Win: On Poetry Contests by Robert Casper
Groundbreaking Book: Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1965)
Poetry Glossary
Poetry Landmark: McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA
Poppies in October: an Interview with Christine Jeffs
Robert Browning
Kim Addonizio
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Billy Collins
Emily Dickinson
Pablo Neruda
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sylvia Plath
Anne Sexton
Sara Teasdale
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