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Dirge Without Music – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Welcome to the July Poem of the Month. This month’s poem is a sad dedication to my college friend Joe Montano, who unexpectedly passed away this week at the age of 47. Joe was working as the Northern Virginia Regional Representative for Senator Tim Kaine, and we should have seen Joe’s smiling face with Kaine at the Democratic National Convention [...]

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Mending Wall – Robert Frost

Welcome to the June 2016 Poem of the Month! We are in silly political season, and I guess all the talk of building a wall between the US and Mexico made me think of this poem. “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost is such a staple of the American Poetic Canon that I was certain I must have selected it at [...]

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For the Fallen – Robert Laurence Binyon

Welcome to the May 2016 Poem of the Month Today is Memorial Day here in the US, and in contrast to Veterans Day (which honors all who serve in the military), today we remember and commemorate those who have died in service to their country. This month’s poem was written in September 1914, a few weeks after the outbreak of [...]

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A Sequence In Praise Of Wine

Welcome to the Poem of the Month for April 2016. This month’s poem, and occasion, holds very special meaning for me. On this night eleven years ago, I first met my dear friend and fellow Port enthusiast Roy Hersh. At the time, I knew very little about Port. As a college English major, I used to drink a glass of [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Poems 2016, Poems of the Month|1 Comment

Spring (Again) – Michael Ryan

Welcome to the March 2016 Poem of the Month! I'll keep my introduction, like this month's selection, short: Welcome, Spring. I hope you are all doing well, Stewart   Michael Ryan (1946 -  )   Spring (Again) The birds were louder this morning, raucous, oblivious, tweeting their teensy bird-brains out. It scared me, until I remembered it’s Spring. How do [...]

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A Blessing for Wedding – Jane Hirshfield

Welcome to the February 2016 Poem of the Month! I had the opportunity to attend the wedding of two of my dear friends back in December, and was honored when they asked me if I would read a poem during the ceremony. I set about in earnest searching for a poem worthy of such an occasion, and I read a [...]

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