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Great Lines of Poetry

Picture of colored glassApril is National Poetry Month! With 2 days left to go, what better time to start celebrating? Rather than share one specific poem, I thought I’d present you with a few lovely sentences from various poems that have stuck with me over the years.

“I wish I had a heart like yours, Walt Whitman” -Jude Nutter

“That’s why Monday, when it sees me coming/ with my convict face, blazes up like gasoline/ and it howls on its way like a wounded wheel/ and leaves tracks of full, warm blood leading toward the night.” -Pablo Neruda

“You’ve got to hide your love away /not because showing it is useless /but because it isn’t.” -Sarah Manguso

“If she had wanted /as much from me /as I from her, /my earth, /there would have been no /limit to our love.” -Eugene Guillevic

“I am the Running Man. /The shadow in the corner /of your eye. /The reason a grove of trees /turns sinister in the dark. /Why not /Is my blood /My story /My middle name.” -Cornelius Eady

“We look at the world, once, in childhood. /The rest is memory.” -Louise Gluck

“You make desire seem easy.” -Thomas Gunn

“A man might be forgiven for loving dust, /dead weeds and a cracked, receding shore, /a sky so empty that is has no end.” -Christian Wiman

“The sea has many voices /many gods, and many voices” -T.S. Eliot

“Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee.” -Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Pray that what we’re running toward is what we want.” -Lucille Clifton


Which lines of poetry do you love?


~Ali B.




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