Photo of the Day Poems – Post #17

This final installment of last year’s The Guardian photograph of the day poems leaves me with a hopeful note. Poetry is essential because it reminds us that we are all human and what we’ve struggled with or felt for generations still rings true today. It’s why we still read Shakespeare, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, etc. AndContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #17”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #16

Coming down to the final two weeks of last year’s The Guardian photograph of the day poems, I’m finding it harder to limit my offering to three poems. Two poems from this collection will draw upon that infamous weed that terrorizes the perfect lawns of the gated communities: the dandelion (as photographed in Turkey andContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #16”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #15

From the wonders of a steam engine crossing a trestled bridge to the twenty-nine cellphones that showcase mankind’s insatiable desire for distractions, and ultimately to the serene beauty and innocence of a young girl among a garden full of allium flowers, these poems capture the sometimes awe-inspiring wonder of our world, though not always withContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #15”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #14

Relationships. So much of poetry, whether directly or not, deals with relationships. As I scrolled through my poems from last year’s collection inspired by The Guardian Photograph of the Day offerings, I repeatedly encountered the theme of relationships. Since I’ve intentionally limited myself on this site to three poems a week from this collection, IContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #14”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #13

This time last year, I was enjoying after-school baseball games at Forese Field in Grove City and winding down the school year in room 209, daily gazing at The Guardian‘s “Best Photographs of the Day” page as a source of poetic inspiration. Few of my poetry students took up the challenge to write a poemContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #13”

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”

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”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #9

It’s hard to believe that these poems come from just a year ago. For me, they represent another moment to pause, to carve out a few quiet moments to deepen in the midst of these full days. This selection of The Guardian Photo Poems presents compositions inspired by my soul animal (a hawk) in Moscow,Continue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #9”

Photo of the Day Poems – Post #8

Week eight of The Guardian Photo Poems presents poems inspired by a sobering picture of shoes filled with shattered glass in Tel Aviv, a tethered nomadic infant from Turkey, and the beautiful juxtaposition of nature and architecture at Alnwick Castle in England! The first poem alludes to Dudley Randall’s “Ballad of Birmingham.” I’d strongly recommendContinue reading “Photo of the Day Poems – Post #8”