A Poem For Saturday

From Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn: I’ve been reading The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 for weeks and am mesmerized by the beauty and power, the humor, complexity, and charge of her poems, often bringing to mind the work of another great, canny contemporary poet, the Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska. Toni Morrison wrote … Continue reading A Poem For Saturday

A Poem For Friday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell died last week. He loved the poems of his predecessors, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, whose line from “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” we post in his honor. “I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter.” “Blackberry Eating” by Galway … Continue reading A Poem For Friday

A Poem For Monday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: From poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets, I learned that Amy Lowell from the grand Massachusetts family, whose brother Abbott Lawrence, would become president of Harvard College from 1909-1933, “secluded herself in the 7,000 book library” of her family’s estate in Brookline to study literature at … Continue reading A Poem For Monday

A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: The superb American poet Galway Kinnell, who was also a sweet, generous, gallant, much-beloved man, died peacefully in Sheffield, Vermont this past Tuesday. When The Book of Nightmares, long considered one of his best, was published in 1971, fellow poet John Logan wrote, “Each generation looks about to see … Continue reading A Poem For Saturday