Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Name: 
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Categories

« Is There Poetry in Soccer? By Alissa Fleck | Main | Happy Birthday, Cathy Wagner! [by Anthony Madrid, via Facebook] »

April 20, 2013

Comments

The first time I remember reading poetry was at my grandfather's cabin. There were old books all over the place, including several in the room my siblings & I slept in when we stayed there. I used to stay up late reading a few pages of each, never a whole book, until I fell asleep in a pile of pages. I don't remember the poets whose work was kept in that room, but I remember being fascinated by the shape of poetry on the page.

When I was very little and afraid of thunderstorms, my mother would tell me to keep reciting the first line of the poem "Achamillai Achamillai" (I have no fear, I have no fear) by the Tamil poet Subramania Bharati. I never learnt the poem in its entirety; but that refrain remains with me to this day.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Best American Poetry Web ad3
Cover
click image to order your copy
Cover
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly

Radio

I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark


from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

ThisWayOut
Click image to order

 


A creative communications, branding, and resources consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan

 

Reach a Wide International Audience


Advertise on the Best American Poetry Blog