Mary Oliver poems

Imagination is better than a sharp instrument. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. [From the poem Yes! No!]  

Walt Whitman poems

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable … Continue reading Walt Whitman poems

Raymond Carver poems

Hummingbird Suppose I say summer, write the word “hummingbird,” put it in an envelope, take it down the hill to the box. When you open my letter you will recall those days and how much, just how much, I love you.