Photo of the Day Poems – Post #12

Last year at this time, the profound horror, beauty, and absurdity of our world were on display in the photographs on The Guardian‘s “Best Photographs of the Day” page. This triptych of Photo Poems showcases the horror of a church bombing in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the beauty of fields of tulips in theContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #12”

David Hernandez’s “Happiness Epidemic”

During this time of online learning for my students, I came across this poem in the final unit for my AP English Literature & Composition course. The unit focuses on the use of figurative language: simile, metaphor, and personification. Little did the creators of the course know that this poem would be so timely! It’sContinue reading “David Hernandez’s “Happiness Epidemic””

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #11

These three poems from my collection of last year’s The Guardian Photo Poems are some of my favorites. Though none of these poems really showcases a set form, structurally, they are two stanza poems that draw inspiration from a set of images that defy a set form in themselves, but provide stunning juxtapositions: surfers atContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #11”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #10

Echoing my earlier post, “Perspective” (3/22/20), these three poems from my collection of last year’s The Guardian Photo Poems presents compositions that explore the idea of perspective inspired by a parachutist over Turkey, decaying monuments in Virginia, and a pre-dawn sky over Dunstanburgh Castle, UK. (All poems by Vincent H. Anastasi) Mersin, Turkey (4/8/2019)Photograph: SerkanContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #10”

Mary Oliver’s “A Dream of Trees”

My wife came across this gem by Mary Oliver, who died just a little over a year ago. I first encountered Oliver’s work in “The Black Walnut Tree” as a free response question on the AP English Literature exam. Since then, I’ve been starving for more Oliver! This piece is just what the doctor orderedContinue reading “Mary Oliver’s “A Dream of Trees””