Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
-Percy Shelley, A Defense of Poetry, 1821
From the Fishouse
Founded in 2004 by Matt O’Donnell and Camille Dungy, From the Fishouse is an IRS-registered non-profit that promotes the oral tradition of poetry. Our free online audio archive showcases emerging poets (defined for this purpose as poets with fewer than two published books of poetry at the time of submission) reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process. Our mission is to use online technology and other media to provide the public with greater access to the voices of emerging poets, and to provide an educational resource to students and teachers of contemporary poetry.
Every couple of years, I strip down to my underthings and let my dermatologist and her two assistants check my entire body for skin cancer. I admit I feel weird and a little chilly, being the only nearly naked person in the room, but I have become basically comfortable in my body and benign toward it. I even have the illusion, before the doctor arrives to examine me, that I am still, well, kind of hot.
Poetry In The Wild
HOW LIKE A GOD
Making tiny work
of what I could not budge,
the bear lifted my left-out cooler—so heavy
it would have taken two people
to stagger it to safety—
and slammed it down, snapping its hinges.