Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets. The series highlights classic poems on weekends. Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is now distributed via email, web, and social media to 350,000+ readers free of charge and is available for syndication by King Features.
Tonight I’m to occupy a single breath:
to let it slowly out as an open kettle might
release its steam, left long on the stove.
Eventually all substance turns to vapor
& accumulates in the air, then falls
again as a globe under its own weight.
Bodies must be near each other, it seems,
even when the result is simple collapse.
Only the globe is never falling—
it’s the thing that imitates the globe
falls into it, as I now imitate, & fail,
the voice of my father, who sits breathing
with his dog at the mouth of the river.
My breath, too, rises & falls. Listen.
|June 30, 2016||Falling Peacock in Rainstorm at Night||Peg Boyers|
|June 29, 2016||Grief’s Weird Sister, Gratitude||Jennifer Michael Hecht|
|June 28, 2016||Brilliant Juice||Todd Colby|
|June 27, 2016||I am reminded via email to resubmit my preferences for the schedule||Chen Chen|
|June 26, 2016||Medusa||Louise Bogan|
|June 25, 2016||Week-night Service||D. H. Lawrence|
|June 24, 2016||Breaking Spring||Matt Hart|
|June 23, 2016||Animal Prudence||Kathy Fagan|
|June 22, 2016||Coventry Lake||Bruce Cohen|
|June 21, 2016||A Fold of Sun||Magdalena Zurawski|