is a reference to the ancient Greek poet, Homer, whose words continue to inspire and guide those who seek beauty and wisdom
in their lives thousands of years after he lived.
On this page I feature the winged words of some of my favorite
poets. Past selections have included the work of William Wordsworth, Guillaume Apollinaire, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James A. Emanuel, William Shakespeare, Thomas
Hardy, Rita Dove, Robert Louis Stevenson, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, Geoffrey Chaucer,
William Butler Yeats, anonymous (and wonderful) Native American poets, and my son, Sammy.
I have just had
the good fortune to spend a glorious summer in Paris, which, as poet Jim Barnes has said, is "as near as you can get
to natural poetry." Here's more Barnes (a wonderful poet, and the current poet laureate of the state of Oklahoma), in
an excerpt from his poem "Crown." (DO buy his book of poems if you love poetry and you love Paris. It is wonderful!)
"...You end the book they way that you began
A handful of Paris, both light and
all you think you know well enough to start
a mime of things.
Nothing ever scans
exact on Paris streets: a grain of sand
will work a cobblestone away. No art
is large enough to hold the broken heart
of Paris for very long..."
in "Crown" (included in his collection of poems about Paris)