Poems for strange times

The world can be a strange, scary and lonely place, sometimes. One of my solaces on Dog Days (for more, see these lists: 50 Things to do on Dog Days and 50 MORE Things to do on Dog Days), is to dip into a collection of poetry and try and find a new gem, or luxuriate in an old favourite, like ‘Sweetness‘ by Stephen Dunn or ‘Wild Geese‘ by Mary Oliver.

 

Here are 9 other poems for Dog Days:

  1. Oatmeal by Galway Kinnell: Contains one of my favourite lines ever – ‘I am aware it is not good to eat oatmeal alone.’ Taken from Emergency Kit (ed. Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney)

 

2. Optimistic little poem by Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Let your faith in humanity be restored. Taken from Being Human (ed. Neil Astley)

 

3. To Sadness/II by Pablo Neruda: Bittersweet relationship with depression. Taken from Fully Empowered (trans. Alastair Reid)

 

4. These things I know by Kate Tempest: Full of sage advice and expletives. Perfection. Taken from Hold Your Own.

 

5. Repeat after me by Tony Walsh (Longfella): Mantras for life – one I revisit frequently. Taken from Sex&Love&Rock&Roll.

 

6. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll: Get some nonsense down your neck! Taken from 100 Poems by 100 Poets (ed. Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert and Anthony Astbury).

 

7. You’re by Sylvia Plath: Written for her children, this is Plath at her most uplifting. Taken from the astonishing Ariel collection.

 

8. You Get Proud by Practicing by Laura Hershey: The ultimate self-love poem. Taken from Fire In The Soul: 100 Poems For Human Rights (ed. Dinyar Godrej)

 

9. The New Regime by Wendy Cope: Refuse to be sensible all the time. Taken from Serious Concerns collection.

 

Feed your soul!

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