“Of Mere Being” — Wallace Stevens


The Achievements of Capitalism (Donald Barthelme)

The Achievements of Capitalism:

  1. The curtain wall
  2. Artificial rain
  3. Rockefeller Center
  4. Canals
  5. Mystification

From “The Rise of Capitalism” by Donald Barthelme, which you can read in full here. (Or in Sixty Stories, a perfect book).

“Bluebeard” — Edna St. Vincent Millay


Alla Tha’s All Right, but – June Jordan


“Election Day” — William Carlos Williams”

“Election Day,” William Carlos Williams:

Warm sun, quiet air
an old man sits

in the doorway of
a broken house—

boards for windows
plaster falling

from between the stones
and strokes the head

of a spotted dog

Isabella and the Pot of Basil — William Holman Hunt



And she forgot the stars, the moon, and sun,
And she forgot the blue above the trees,
And she forgot the dells where waters run,
And she forgot the chilly autumn breeze;
She had no knowledge when the day was done,
And the new morn she saw not: but in peace
Hung over her sweet Basil evermore,
And moisten’d it with tears unto the core.

–John Keats, Isabella, or The Pot of Basil

Cave Bird – Leonard Baskin

Cave Bird

From Cave Birds: An Alchemical Cave Drama. Poems by Ted Hughes, illustrations by Leonard Baskin.

“The Spirit Ink” – Frank O’Hara

Frank O'Hara - The Spirit Ink

“Jesus Awake” — Anne Sexton


“Turkeys” — John Clare


“A long, long sleep, a famous sleep” — Emily Dickinson


“After Publication of Under the Volcano” — Malcolm Lowry


“The Mockingbird” — Charles Bukowski


“A Reader” — Jorge Luis Borges


“Surprised by Joy” — William Wordsworth


“The Bohemian Dinner” — Charles Green Shaw

“Two Cures for Love” — Wendy Cope