Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee

Every Sunday, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Easily find a past Sunday of poetry here; listen to any episode by clicking on the date.

2022

Poems read:
  • The Old Elm Tree by the River by Wendell Berry
  • The Heart of a Woman by Lateef Helmet (translated by Soheil Najm) 
  • Bags of Bones by Dunya Mikhail (translated by Sadek Mohammed) 
  • Personal History by Kareem Tayyar 
  • Dream Journal by Kareem Tayyar 
  • The Lamppost Glows Orange in the Daytime by Hannah Srajer

Poems read:
  • About the Bees by Justin Phillip Reed
  • Debris of Life and Mind by Wallace Stevens
  • Cattails by Melissa Kwansy
  • Tradition by Lorine Niedecker
  • Sea-Ports by Baudelaire
  • An As-Though Prayer by Christopher Howell
Poems read:
  • The Decision by Jane Hirshfield
  • Tree by Jane Hirshfield
  • Inventions Toward Pleasure by Cameron McGill
  • 44.6336• N, 86.2345• W by Cameron Read McGill
  • Early March, 2015 by Ann Tweedy
  • Air Time by Ann Tweedy
  • Poem for My Neighbor Whose Good Intentions Are Wolf Pelt by Jacqueline Allen Trimble
  • The Language of Joy by Jacqueline Allen Trimble
  • The Heron by Wendell Berry

2021

Poems read:
  • 15. by Wendell Berry (from the longer poem VIII. A Small Porch in the Woods)
  • Training by Diannely Antigua
  • Space, in Chains by Laura Kasischke
  • Stranger by Night by Edward Hirsch
  • “I Am the Size of What I See” by Paul Hoover
  • Lilies by Mary Oliver
  • Awake at Night by Wendell Berry

Poems read:
  • Snowball by Shel Silverstein 
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Foot Repair by Shel Silverstein 
  • Snow on the fields by Christine Rossetti
  • Like Snow by Wendell Berry

Poems read:
  • Winter by Billy Collins
  • Winter by Marie Ponsot
  • Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost
  • Foxes in Winter by Mary Oliver
  • The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • Halfway by Daniel Halpern
  • Poem of a Houseboat Stranded in a Field by C.D. Wright
  • House Warming by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • Winter Night Poem for Mary by Wendell Berry 
  • Intersection—Falcon Heights, Minnesota by Ann Tweedy
Poems read: 
  • Mama Said Nothing Good by Tina Mozelle Braziel 
  • Trailer Fish by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • Fiddler’s Song by George Mackay Brown
  • Song of the Stone by George Mackay Brown
  • Playing House by Jack Gilbert
  • My Whole Life I Was Trained to Deny Myself by Eugenia Leigh
Poems read:
  • November by Alice Finnegan
  • November by Billy Collins
  • November by Maggie Dietz
  • November by Jane Shore
  • November Leaves by Jack Turner
Poems read:
  • a few remaining trees by Ann Tweedy
  • Swimming by Polly Buckingham
  • On Orchids by Anne Carson
  • Sowing by Audre Lorde
  • Immortality by Ai
  • Poem with a Dozen Cherries on a Ledge by C.D. Wright
Poems read:
  • Upper Broadway by Adrienne Rich
  • From Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein (A Red Stamp, A Box, A Plate, A Seltzer Bottle, A Long Dress, A Red Hat, A Blue Coat
  • Aubade with Sage and Lemon by Tarfia Faizullah
  • 100 Bells by Tarfia Faizullah
  • Passage by Carolyn Forché
  • Light of Sleep by Carolyn Forché
Poems read:
  • A Rhyme for Halloween by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
  • All Hallows by Louise Glück
  • Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Poems read:
  • How to Corner the Market on Horse Cadavers by Lindsay Sletten
  • Parthenogenesis by Stevie Edwards
  • Conversation by Ai
  • Three Green Windows by Anne Sexton
  • Somewhere in California by Rumsha Sajid
  • Call It Instinct by m.l. smoker
  • Sonnet in the Higgs Field by Brooke Matson
  • Fine by Kim Addonizio
  • Prayer by Kaveh Akbar

Poems read:

  • Love Town by Anne Carson
  • Alone by Jack Gilbert
  • Stay Home by Wendell Berry
  • 36-40 from Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • 52 and 57 by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
  • Poem with a Girl Almost Fifteen by C.D. Wright
  • That Purple Were the Color of Our Skin by Maya Jewell Zeller
  • The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Poems read:
  • 15. from XIII. A Small Porch in the Woods by Wendell Berry 
  • Walking in Paris by Anne Sexton
  • B.F.F. by Hieu Minh Nguyen
  • Grief Runs Untamed by Agnieszka Tworek
Poems read:

  • Song of Change by Daniel Halpern
  • Relative Pitch by Jack Gilbert
  • 1953 by Jack Gilbert
  • Outside my Window by Polly Buckingham 
  • Poem with a Dead Tree by C.D. Wright
  • My Imminent Demise Makes the Headlines the Same Day I Notice How Even Your Front Teeth Are by Momtaza Mehri
  • Sonnet: Hamnavoe Market by George Mackay Brown
  • Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley 
Poems read:
  • Song of Change by Daniel Halpern
  • Relative Pitch by Jack Gilbert
  • 1953 by Jack Gilbert
  • Outside my Window by Polly Buckingham 
  • Poem with a Dead Tree by C.D. Wright
  • My Imminent Demise Makes the Headlines the Same Day I Notice How Even Your Front Teeth Are by Momtaza Mehri
  • Sonnet: Hamnavoe Market by George Mackay Brown
  • Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley 

Poems read:
  • September by Tracy K. Smith
  • The Record by Wendell Berry
  • We Lived Happily During the War by Ilya Kaminsky
  • Beachcomber by George Mackay Brown
  • Roads by George Mackay Brown
  • Hello, This Letter Was Never Finished by beyza ozer
  • If They Come for Us by Fatima Ashgar
  • Some Boys Aren’t Born They Bubble by Kaveh Akbar
  • Rimrock by Kaveh Akbar


Poems Read:
  • Toast to My Dead Parents by Robert Cording
  • Centrifugal Force by Brooke Matson
  • Collapsing Poem by Kim Addonizio
  • Sister by Susan Bright
  • The Adirondack Chair by Molly Saty


Poems read:
  • Wild Geese by Wendell Berry
  • September by Polly Buckingham
  • Coffee by Daniel Halpern
  • Diehards by Ray McManus
  • Haunted Importantly by Jack Gilbert  
  • Going There by Jack Gilbert
  • The Tramp by George Mackay Brown
  • The Old Women by George Mackay Brown
  • The Thought of Something Else by Wendell Berry

Poems read:
  • August by Mary Oliver
  • Turkeys in the Snow by Jory Mickelson
  • Snake by D.H. Lawrence
  • Burial by Yuxi Lin

Dedicated to Kathy and Bob
Poems read:
  • The innerworkings by Laura Kasishke
  • View from the Glass Door by Laura Kasishke
  • Mythos by Cameron Read McGill
  • 44.633.6 degrees N, 86.2345 degrees W by Cameron McGill
  • Flight by Laura Read
  • Merge by Laura Read
  • Married by Jack Gilbert
  • Highlights and Interstices by Jack Gilbert
  • The Deer by Mary Oliver
  • Poem for J. by Wendell Berry
  • I. by Wendell Berry (one of his Sabbath poems)
Guest: Henry Valentine
Poems read: 
  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field
  • Skin Stealer by Shel Silverstein
  • Goosey, Goosey Gander
  • Minnie, Mattie, and Mae by Christine Rossetti
  • Johnny Drew a Monster by Lilian Moore
  • Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
  • There Was an Old Woman by Charles Causley
  • The Jumblies by Edward Lear

Dedicated to Ann Tweedy and her cat William
Poems read:
  • The cat's song by Marge Piercy
  • Cat Moving Kittens by Austin Smith
  • My Cat Jack by Hunt Hawkins
  • The Cat and the Fiddle by Mary Swander
  • Ceremony by Robert Pinsky
  • Cat, Failing by Robin Robertson
  • No Children, No Pets by Sue Ellen Thompson
  • More Blues and the Abstract Truth by C.D. Wright
  • Moonlight Monologue for the New Kitten by Peter Kantor, trans. by Michael Blumenthal
  • Venus by D. Nurske
Poems read:
  • The Envoy by Jane Hirshfield
  • For What Binds Us by Jane Hirshfield
  • The Way We Said Goodbye by Mark Vinz
  • A Bird, came down the Walk by Emily Dickinson
  • [i carry your heart with me (i carry it in)] by e.e. cummings
  • Unmediated experience by Bob Hicok
  • Haiku for an ailing father by Basho
  • Hon, or We have both traveled from the other side of some hill, one side of which we may wish we could forget by Anis Mojgani
Poems read:

  • Steel Guitars by Jack Gilbert
  • Ghosts by Jack Gilbert
  • Heat Wave by Lee Young-ju (trans. by Jae Kim)
  • The Singing Pills by Hadara Bar-Nadav
  • Forgotten Portraits by Janine Solursh
  • Let Me Tell You About the Snakes by Ann Tweedy

Poems read:
  • The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1832)
  • The Lady of Shallott by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1833)
Poems read:

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
  • Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota by James Wright
Poems read:
  • I. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poem)
  • Drawl and Hum by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • When You're Brown with a Hand-Me-Down Bike by Inam Kang
  • A Woman Dead in her Forties by Adrienne Rich
  • XIII. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poem)
Poems read:
  • Ripening by Wendell Berry
  • Ephemeral Pool by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • Dandelion by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • First Memory by Louise Gluck
  • Father's Old Blue Cardigan by Anne Carson
  • Haiku for an Ailing Father by Basho
  • The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
  • XVI. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath poems, 2015)
Poems read:
  • Standing Ground by Wendell Berry
  • The Index by Rena Priest
  • Hon or We have both traveled from the other side of some hill, one side of which we may wish we could forget by Anis Mojgani
  • Central Park by Catherine Barnett
  • Harm's Way by A.E. Stallings
  • Throwing Away the Mail by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • Little Houses by Athena Nassar
  • Ritual by Jon Pineda
  • Three Green Windows by Ann Sexton
  • Apostle Town by Anne Carson

May 23

Poems read:
Poems read:
  • XXI. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poem)
  • Keyfood by Audre Lorde
  • Water by Porsha Olayiwola (listen to full poem here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LPCoHERA3g)
  • Duty by Natasha Trethewey
  • The Decision by Jane Hirshfield
  • Note by Maya Jewell Zeller
  • Tree by Jane Hirshfield
  • Like a Cat by Laura Cronk
  • XXII. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poem)
Poems read:
  • The Fear of Darkness by Wendell Berry
  • Winter Again by m.l. smoker
  • Cecilia by Laura Read
  • After the Hysterectomy by Laura Read
  • Wasps by Laura Kasischke
  • Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke
  • At the Public Pool by Laura Kasischke
  • Vigil by Susan Bright
  • Sister by Susan Bright
  • Rim by Susan Bright
  • A Silent Chat with Our Old Cat by Molly Saty
  • The Piano Tuner by Molly Saty
  • XIX. by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer by Wendell Berry
  • Charlotte by H.R. Webster
  • Guards at the Taj by Casey Thayer
  • When's My Luck Going to Change? by Rob Carney
  • Neurosurgery Sonata by Brooke Matson
  • Meeting the Light Completely by Jane Hirshfield
  • The Farmer and the Sea by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • IV. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poems 2014)
  • We May No Longer Consider the End by Ruth Ellen Kocher
  • Good Times by Lucille Clifton
  • Power by Audre Lorde
  • A More Delicate River by Ann Tweedy
  • V. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poems 2014)

Poems read:
  • II. by Wendell Berry (from Sabbath Poems 2015)
  • The Lilies Break Open Over the Dark Water by Mary Oliver
  • Unmeditated Experience by Bob Hicok
  • Walking with Jackie, Sitting with a Dog by Gary Soto
  • A Dog has Died by Pablo Neruda, translated by Alfred Yankauer
  • The Way We Said Goodbye by Mark Vinz
  • VIII. by Wendell Berry (from Sabbath Poems 2015)
Poems read:
  • IX. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poems)
  • In April by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • April by Alicia Ostriker
  • I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party by Chen Chen
  • Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  • XII. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath Poems)
Poems read:
  • Travelling at Home by Wendell Berry
  • Sam by Ted Hughes
  • Shooting Wild by Natasha Trethewey
  • One Hundred and Eighty by Arielle Greenberg
  • La Terre Smelled of Fish by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Listen by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • March Snow by Wendell Berry
  • On a Palm by James Matthew Wilson
  • An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
  • My Bed Shakes & I Assume the Ghosts Are Finally Getting Me by Su Cho
  • Loop (in dirt and gold)by Hadara Bar-Nadav
  • The Singing Pills by Hadara Bar-Nadav
  • Girl by Lane Falcon
  • Night Strains by Ann Tweedy
  • The Finches by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • Another Descent by Wendell Berry
  • Spring by Mary Oliver
  • A Bird, came down the Walk by Emily Dickinson
  • anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings
  • The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
  • Quarantine by Eaven Boland
  • Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney
  • Fall by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • In a Country Once Forested by Wendell Berry
  • American Dreams by Julia Alvarez
  • The Opposites Game by Brendan Constantine
  • Little Owl who Lives in the Orchard by Mary Oliver
  • As if Darkness Can Mend it All by Maya Jewell Zeller
  • The Plan by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • A Meeting by Wendell Berry
  • The Sun by Anne Sexton
  • America Will Be by Joshua Bennett
  • Six Obits by Victoria Chang
  • Primal Scream by Ann Tweedy
  • Come Forth by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • Anger Against Beasts by Wendell Berry
  • Haiku and Tanka for Harriet Tubman by Sonia Sanchez
  • Reading Dostoyevsky at Seventeen by Dante Di Stefano
  • Sherpa Song by David Barber
  • The Arrival by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • They by Wendell Berry
  • Argument by Daniel Halpern
  • II (from 24 Love Poems) by Adrienne Rich
  • fracture by Ann Tweedy
  • Early Kitchen by Ann Tweedy
  • Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Romance Sonambulo by Lorca
  • To You by Walt Whitman
  • Why by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • Winter Nightfall by Wendell Berry
  • The House by the Side of the Road by Sam Walter Foss
  • Afterimages by Audre Lord
  • The Tuft of Flowers by Robert Frost
  • First a light, then-- by Ann Tweedy
  • Awake at Night by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • The Blue Robe by Wendell Berry
  • fungus by Ann Tweedy
  • Michiko Dead by Jack Gilbert
  • Ghosts by Jack Gilbert
  • Winter (excerpts) by Chris La Tray
  • On Orchids by Anne Carson
  • Winter Again by m.l. smoker
  • Why by Wendell Berry
Poems from today's session:
  • To My Children, Fearing for Them by Wendell Berry
  • Trying to Have Something Left Over by Jack Gilbert
  • Venom by m.l. smoker
  • Elegy by Lena Tuffaha
  • Inaugural by Jericho Brown
  • Inauguration Poem by Amanda Gorman

Poems read:

  • Awake at Night by Wendell Berry
  • How to Triumph like a Girl by Ada Limon
  • Ode to Dalya's Bald Spot by Angel Nafis
  • Ars Poetica for the Future by Erin Belieu
  • Peace Walk by William E. Stafford
  • Movement Song by Audre Lorde
  • Making Peace by Denise Levertov
  • Winter Night Poem for Mary by Wendell Berry

Poems read:

  • [once the moment came it was too late to go back to the moment before] by kathryn l. pringle
  • A Story about the Body by Robert Hass
  • A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde
  • A Few Minutes at the Beach by Ann Tweedy
  • dream where every black person is standing by the ocean by danez smith
  • Song of Change by Daniel Halpern
  • On the Hill Late at Night by Wendell Berry

Poems read:
  • Lies Lies Lies by m.l. smoker
  • Finding Something by Jack Gilbert
  • Milk by Kaveh Akbar
  • Sylvia's Death by Ann Sexton
  • Progress by Walter Moore
  • She Dreams of Being an Artist by Maya Jewell Zeller
  • We are Not Dead by Munthir Abdul-Hur, translated by Sadek Mohammed
  • Power by Adrienne Rich

2020

December 27

Poems read:
  • The Fear of Darkness by Wendell Berry
  • There is a force that breaks the body by Diane Seuss
  • Argument by Daniel Halpern
  • Duplex by Jericho Brown
  • March Snow by Wendell Berry

Poems read:

  • The Cold Pane by Wendell Barry
  • Lilies by Mary Oliver
  • Vaccine by William Evans
  • Guilty by Jack Gilbert
  • Bluets (an excerpt) by Maggie Nelson
  • From the River's Edge by m.l. smoker
  • Fruit by Ann Tweedy
  • A Meeting by Wendell Berry
Poems read:
  • Morning by Billy Collins
  • I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Bac
  • Love Poem by Louise Gluck
  • Blues for the Death of the Sun by Ansel Elkins
  • The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert
Poets read:
Wendell Berry, from his book A Small Porch; Kim Addonizio from her book Tell Me; Polly Buckingham from The River People; Adrienne Rich from The Dream of a Common Language; Marge Piercy from The Moon is Always Female; James D'Agostino from Slur Oeuvre

Poems by Ann Tweedy, Polly Buckingham, Joy Harjo, Anne Carson, Laura Kasischke, and Claudia Rankine