Words for the Year

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver from “The Summer Day”

Gregory Pardlo’s poem “Written by Himself” from his Pulitzer Prize winning collection Digest recently appeared on the poetry website Words for the Year. “Written by Himself” begins:

I was born in minutes in a roadside kitchen a skillet
whispering my name. I was born to rainwater and lye;
I was born across the river where I
was borrowed with clothespins, a harrow tooth,
broadsides sewn in my shoes. Full poem here.
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Words for the Year posts one poem, quote or art selection each day by poets that range from widely-known to obscure. The website is a wonderful resource for poetry lovers, as well as those who’d like to learn about poets and the art itself. Some of the posts include commentary about the poem or the poet.
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Christy, who maintains the website, accepts suggestions for poems via her Contact link. Christy makes no money sharing poetry with her readers and asks for no donations. She simply loves sharing poetry and says the best way to help out is to pay it forward. Share a poem.
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Try Words for the Year, and if you like what you read, Pay it forward.
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About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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