The Daily Poem
William Wordsworth's "London, 1802"
Eva Saulitis' "Prayer 48"
Eva Saulitis was intitally trained as a marine biologist andhas studied the killer whales of Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords and the Aleutian Islands and is the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications.Dissatisfied with the objective language and rigid methodology of science, she later turned to creative writing – poetry and the essay – to develop another language with which to address the natural world. Saulitis’ most recent book publications includeInto Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas(nonfiction),Many Ways to Say It(poetry), andLeavingResurrection: Chronicles of a Whale Scientist(nonfiction).Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, includingCrazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Northwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Carnet de Route, Seattle Review,andKalliope.She lives in Homer, Alaska, where she teaches creative writing at Kenai Peninsula College, at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, and in the Low-Residency MFA Program of the University of Alaska Anchorage.This biography was drawn from Saulitis' profile at Orion Magazine.
Sharon Olds "The Race"
Sharon Olds(born November 19, 1942) is an American poet. Olds won the first San Francisco Poetry Center Award in 1980,the 1984National Book Critics Circle Award,and the 2013Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.She teaches creative writing atNew York Universityand is a previous director of the Creative Writing Program at NYU.-Bio via Wikipedia
John Keats' "After dark vapors"
John Keats(/kiːts/; 31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an EnglishRomanticpoet. He was prominent in the second generation of Romantic poets, withLord ByronandPercy Bysshe Shelley, though his poems were in publication for only four years before he died oftuberculosisat the age of 25.They were not generally well received by critics in his lifetime, but his fame grew rapidly after his death.By the end of the century he had been placed within the canon of English literature and had become the inspiration for thePre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with a strong influence on many writers; theEncyclopædia Britannicadescribed one ode as "one of the final masterpieces".Jorge Luis Borgescalled his first encounter with Keats' work an experience that he felt all of his life.It had a style "heavily loaded with sensualities", notably in theseries of odes. It was typical of the Romantics to accentuate extreme emotion through emphasis on natural imagery. Today his poems and letters remain among the most popular and analysed in English literature. Especially acclaimed are "Ode to a Nightingale", "Sleep and Poetry" and the famous sonnet "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer".-- Bio via Wikipedia.