Our Favorite Love Poems: Poetry Podcast Episode 7

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In the special Valentine's Day episode of poetry podcast, Nora, Rachel, and SPECIAL GUEST Molly Lee discuss their favorite Valentine's Day poems, next-morning awkwardness and whether Rachel and Nora will ever get poems permanently tattooed on their bodies (spoiler alert: they will not).

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Rachel's favorite:

Variations on the Word Sleep
by Margaret Atwood

I would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center. I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and you enter
it as easily as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.


Molly's favorite:

Vespertine
by Camille Rankine

Dear night: It was so warm
under you that I offered
but you refused

to endure. You won't remember
me. (We danced. I was the one
in the dark. I was wearing

this face.) In daylight, I'm an acre of empty
desert, anyway. A spent white flower. A pale
honey scent wilted away.

And I'm having this dream:
I am mourned by millions.
I died young and I was so, so pretty.


Nora's favorite:

if everything happens that can't be done
by e.e. cummings

if everything happens that can't be done
(and anything's righter
than books
could plan)
the stupidest teacher will almost guess
(with a run
skip
around we go yes)
there's nothing as something as one

one hasn't a why or because or although
(and buds know better
than books
don't grow)
one's anything old being everything new
(with a what
which
around we come who)
one's everyanything so

so world is a leaf so a tree is a bough
(and birds sing sweeter
than books
tell how)
so here is away and so your is a my
(with a down
up
around again fly)
forever was never till now

now i love you and you love me
(and books are shuter
than books
can be)
and deep in the high that does nothing but fall
(with a shout
each
around we go all)
there's somebody calling who's we

we're anything brighter than even the sun
(we're everything greater
than books
might mean)
we're everyanything more than believe
(with a spin
leap
alive we're alive)
we're wonderful one times one

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released February 15, 2013

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