In the Spotlight

An Ironworker Manufactures Order

In the June 2012 issue of Poetry magazine former ironworker, Josh Warn writes about the pleasures and benefits of memorizing and reciting poetry. From the article:

"Ironwork is often artful though, if not arty, and there are reasons that carrying longish poems in memory has some of the same satisfactions as completing a difficult weld or fitting a steel handrail to a curved stair. For one thing, when you haul out a poem from the brain’s back room, it feels like you own it. Each time you run through it you see different inflections you might use. Though the copyright owner might disagree, you share in his or her creative expression."

Read all of the article on the Poetry Foundation's website

Poems of Praise

Poems of thanks

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

A Thank You Note by Michael Ryan

Epistle to Mrs. Tyler by Christopher Smart

In Praise of My Bed by Meredith Holmes

Immortal Autumn by Archibald MacLeish


In praise of food and eating

Onions by Wiliiam Meredith

Eating Together by Li-Young Lee

Meditation on a Grapefruit by Craig Arnold