Wednesday Poetry Break

I’m busily writing my last paper for this semester’s class, hoping soon to have some time to write about things that don’t include the words “synchronous” and “asynchronous.” But meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a poem that was featured on on The Writer’s Almanac a few days ago:

What I Know

What I know for sure is less and less:
that a hot bath won’t cure loneliness.

That bacon is the best bad thing to chew
and what you love may kill you.

The odd connection between perfection
and foolishness, like the pelican
diving for his fish.

How silly sex is.
How, having it, we glimpse
our holiness.

What I know is less and less.
What I want is more and more:

you against me—
your ferocious tenderness—

love like a star,
once small and far,
now huge, now near.

— Lee Robinson



  1. Like the poem.
    Blogger’s question: Is it kosher to blog someone elses poem/writing w/o getting their permission, even if you tell who the author is? G. Kiellor always says for his poems something to the effect – shared with permission of…
    Just wondering as I’m new to this blogging stuff.
    By the by – what class are you taking?

  2. Christine — welcome to the blog, and thanks for following. that’s a great question, and I wish more people asked it!

    Basically, I follow the principle of “fair use” as outlined on the lower right-hand column over there ———>

    I always give attribution to any author or artist whose work I use here, and I do not do any of this for money. For something like Writer’s Almanac, although it’s on public radio there is still revenue involved so I think they are wise to get copyright permission.

    I’ve been contacted by poets a few times since I’ve been doing the poem of the week here, and they have always been grateful for the publicity. I think as long as you are clearly giving credit to the author you are in good shape.

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