Poetry Break

“Pearl” by Ted Kooser

I had the opportunity of meeting Ted Kooser some years ago. At the time, he was serving as Poet Laureate of the United States; I was just a college student taking a creative writing boot camp at University of Texas Pan American (which has since become the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).

I chose this one for today’s poem because it reminds me of the phone calls I had to make the day my father passed away. Excluding the nurses and orderlies, I was the first one inside his room after he died. I remember the feeling that boiled up inside me. The noiselessness of a room that was filled with sound the night before. In the guest dining area, I fumbled with my phone trying to call my older brother who had power of attorney. And I called my aunt, my father’s sister, to tell her the news.

When I listened to Ted Kooser recite his poem all those years ago, I never imagined having to be the one who had to break the news of a parent’s passing. It’s not something that comes easy or lightly.

So for today’s poem, I have chosen “Pearl” by Ted Kooser. Please enjoy.

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National Poetry Month 2021

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  1. “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman
  2. “Fight for Love” by Andrea Gibson
  3. “To Elsie” by William Carlos Williams
  4. “A Life of Errands” by Leonard Cohen
  5. “American Arithmetic” by Natalie Diaz
  6. “In the Event of My Demise” by Tupac Amaru Shakur
  7. “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur
  8. “Grief Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Sherman Alexie
  9. “Stone” by Charles Simic
  10. “Said the Shotgun to the Head” by Saul Williams
  11. “Memoir” by Vijay Seshadri
  12. “You Love a River” by Ire’ne Lara Silva
  13. “Process for Undocumented Students” by Celina Gomez
  14. “Mama Said” by Isaac Nellum
  15. “Heaven, or Whatever” by Shane Koyczan
  16. “April 16, 2007” by Jared Singer
  17. “Stop and Frisk” by Claudia Rankine
  18. “Pearl” by Ted Kooser
  19. “A Statement from No One, Incorporated” by Justin Phillip Reed
  20. “Grace” by Joy Harjo
  21. “Wanting to Die” by Anne Sexton
  22. “Going Back to Sleep” by Molly Brodak
  23. “I Love You Big Brother” by Alex Lemon
  24. “Declaration” by Tracy K. Smith
  25. “Whiteness Walks Into a Bar” by Franny Choi
  26. “History Reconsidered” by Clint Smith III
  27. “The Color of COVID” by Darius Simpson
  28. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
  29. “How to Read a Poem” by Guillermo
  30. “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman
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We’ll try this again — again

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I started my book blog – The Book Hunter’s Journal – on 27 June 2009 with a post about a $3-bag book sale at the McAllen Public Library. My partners in crime were, of course, Monica and an excited Squid. With my 446th post, made on 17 June 2013, I said goodbye to the blog and remained focus on this one. And I’ve been here since.

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