Today, as an adjunct to my programs last fall about poverty, and to continue my look at poetry inspired by immigration, I read poems about the conditions and destinies of working people. They are by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Philip Levine, Kenneth Patchen, Langston Hughes, Rose Pastor Stokes, and Bob Hicok. I end the program with one of my own poems.
Today, as a continuation of my focus on immigration, and in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I read poems by Chicano poets Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Sandra Cisneros, Juan Felipe Herrera, Tino Villanueva, and Daniel A. Olivas, and by Mexican poets Octavio Paz and Carmen Boullosa.
In my program today, as a follow up to last week's podcast, I explore immigration more widely and read poems by poets who consider the framework of immigration and the destinies of those who find themselves crossing borders, legally or illegally, to find a new home. I read poems by Woody Guthrie, Galway Kinnell, Blas Manuel de Luna, Tishani Doshi, Tracy K. Smith, Lory Bedikian, and Adrienne Su. I end the program with one of my own poems.
I continue my consideration of new beginnings today, particularly the new beginnings made possible when trees are planted. So today, in recognition of their many wondrous qualities, I read poems about trees, by Robert Frost, Joyce Kilmer, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rosanna Warren, W.S. Merwin, Jean Valentine, and Linda Pastan. I end the program with one of my own poems.
The idea of new beginnings, of initiation after conclusion -- and in this program linked to Easter -- guides my selection of poems today. I read poems by T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, William Butler Yeats, Claude McKay, Amy Clampitt, Charles Wright, Anne Sexton, and Elizabeth Raby. I end the program with one of my own poems.
On this last day of March, I have been thinking about time, particularly about endings and how they set the stage for beginnings. In that consideration, I read poems by T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Donne, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Strand, Howard Nemerov, and Mona van Duyn. I end the program with one of my own poems.
Today I read poems about the wind, some of them about March winds, to celebrate wind as a natural expression and as a symbolic representation of the actions of the world. In this view, nothing stays calm, but nothing, also, stays forever in motion. I read poems by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Katharine Tynan, Sara Teasdale, Claude McKay, and Ted Hughes. I end the program with one of my own poems.
In celebration of the Ides of March (which marks the full moon) and in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I read poems about the moon and about Ireland by Irish poets: William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Amergin as translated by Lady Gregory, and Derek Mahon. I end the program with poems from my book St. Brigid's Well, written on and about the West Coast of Ireland.
I continue my look today at poems about March and include additional poems about transition and change, as affirmation and as challenge. I read poems by Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Lucille Clifton, May Swenson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Michael Jennings. I end the program with two of my own poems.