Every Day

There’s more than a little superstition at work in the belief that as my morning goes, so goes the rest of my day. I know I’m not alone in having a set of rituals to try and impose some order, whether or not it actually takes: a two-mile walk with my dog, two cups of coffee, e-mail, headlines, the weather, and a poem. I don’t put much truck in horoscopes—I’m not even sure I believe the weather half the time—but I do like the idea of a randomly selected piece of poetry as a framing device for my day.

So I was pleased to find out, via the Hayden’s Ferry Review blog, about Poetry Daily. The daily poems are pulled from a wide-ranging catalog, with an appealing emphasis on lesser-known poets, translations, and small journals. Each poem is accompanied by information about the author and the source, and there are also sections for essays and poets’ recommendations. Equally important for a site I’ll be looking at before my full morning’s coffee allotment, it’s very easy on the eyes.

I don’t know what tomorrow’s poem will be, but for now take a look at today’s: Diane Glancy’s wild and beautiful (and appropriately-titled for a lot of us snowed-in folks) He Lived in a Time of Weather from the Kenyon Review, dedicated to “my great-grandfather, Woods Lewis, whose old language was stormed by the new.”

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4 Comments to Every Day

  1. Karen Wall's Gravatar Karen Wall
    February 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful, Lisa, and perfect for the best snow day i ever remember in Texas. I stepped outside my front door at 7:30 tonight and the whole world was silver-white.

  2. February 12, 2010 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Great! Thanks, Lisa.

  3. Jeffrey's Gravatar Jeffrey
    February 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Lisa: I love your site! Thanks for the link. FYI: Verse Daily provides a similar service.
    -Jeffrey

  4. February 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    A little late (as is becoming a habit) but also perfect timing as we are expecting a teensy bit of snow in south Georgia tonight.

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