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Watch Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" On Video
May 16, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

Growing, tweaking, building ... there's always work to do. And this week, phew! I'm tired. But I'm just getting my second wind.

You'll love the poetry video of the week and there has been a whopping change that should get your attention. OK, I'll let the cat out of the bag - Going Dutch is now available in two formats!

If you missed the earlier mid-week e-mail about Going Dutch then I encourage you to check out my new Going Dutch poetry chapbook web page that also includes the video of "Siege" - a poem I wrote while traveling in Germany. But what I'm really excited about is yet to come ... but for now ...

Table of Contents

  1. Poetry Video Of The Week
  2. World Class Poetry Updates
  3. American Life in Poetry
  4. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  5. Poetry Book Of The Week
  6. Are You Subscribed?
  7. World Class Poetry Networking

Poetry Video Of The Week

Sylvia Plath's "Daddy".

If you can't click the link or watch the video, you can find it here.

World Class Poetry Updates

This week we have a new Going Dutch. Available in two formats!

American Life in Poetry: Column 163


I have always enjoyed poems that celebrate the small pleasures of life. Here Max Mendelsohn, age 12, of Weston, Massachusetts, tells us of the joy he finds in playing with marbles.

Ode to Marbles

I love the sound of marbles
scattered on the worn wooden floor,
like children running away in a game of hide-and-seek.
I love the sight of white marbles,
blue marbles,
green marbles, black,
new marbles, old marbles,
iridescent marbles,
with glass-ribboned swirls,
dancing round and round.
I love the feel of marbles,
cool, smooth,
rolling freely in my palm,
like smooth-sided stars
that light up the worn world.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright (c) 2004 by The Children's Art Foundation. Reprinted from "Stone Soup", May/June, 2004, by permission of the publisher, Introduction copyright (c) 2008 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

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Poetry Book Of The Week

This week's poetry book of the week is Going Dutch by yours truly. Based on a 15-day journey through Germany by train, the poems are full of beautiful imagery and rich elegance.

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