This is a gem of a post from Anthony Wilson whose blog is one of my very favourites. How I love the concept of ‘Lifesaving Poems!’
These are the most read Lifesaving Poems posts of 2013.
Mary Oliver, ‘The Journey’
I first read this on Malcolm Doney’s Posterous page, on a blog post about Russell Brand vs Jeremy Paxman round 1.
UA Fanthorpe, ‘Atlas’
I heard this before I read it, in a wedding service. One of the great love poems.
Ted Hughes, ‘Wind’
I first read this in an English exam. It was the first time I remember thinking ‘I could do this for the rest of my life.’
Seamus Heaney, ‘Night Drive’
A low-key triumph: domestic, intimate, sotto voce.
Derek Mahon, ‘Everything is Going to Be All Right’
‘The poems flow from the hand unbidden/and the hidden source is the watchful heart.’
Brendan Kennelly, ‘May the Silence Break’
I read this to a friend in an intensive care unit, knowing she could still hear me.
Tomas Tranströmer, ‘Alone’
One of the great contemporary poems:…
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