Poetry Friday: Giving Voice Poems

Posted on by Dodge Poetry Staff

Each year at the Common Gathering, the culminating event of our Spring & Fountain program, we provide attendees with the Giving Voice packet, made especially for that year. The packet is full of poems which lend themselves to being read aloud and, basically, we hope that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

And now, we hope that you will enjoy them, too!

  1. Snail by Federico García Lorca, trans. William Jay Smith
  2. American Milk by Ruth Stone
  3. Learning to play frisbee by Gabeba Baderoon
  4. Lyrical by Joseph Millar
  5. The World inside This One by Jean Valentine (epigraph by Eluard)
  6. Talking in Bed by Philip Larkin
  7. Power Outage by Xi Chuan, trans. Lucas Klein
  8. Equinox by Kyle Dargan
  9. Stealing The Scream by Monica Youn
  10. hunger by Jesús Papoleto Meléndez
  11. Letter From My Brain To My Heart by Rachel McKibbens
  12. Love Poem by Gregory Orr
  13. What I Learned from The Incredible Hulk by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  14. Life is Beautiful by Dorianne Laux
  15. The Trouble with Frogs by Virgil Suarez
  16. Switchblade by Michael Ryan
  17. House Training by Aafa Michael Weaver
  18. from Gas by Charles Bukowski
  19. My Heart by Frank O’Hara
  20. I’ll See It When I Believe It by Kyle Dargan
  21. Platonic Optimism by Broc Rossell
  22. The Swallow by Alberto Blanco trans. W.S. Merwin
  23. The Perfect Moment by Tony Hoagland
  24. A Few Words on the Soul by Wislawa Szymborska, trans. Stanislaw Baranczak
  25. Elusive by Denise Levertov
  26. We Have Chocolate Pudding by Mike Topp
  27. In Praise of Ice Cream Vending Machines at a Greyhound Bus Station by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  28. How I Learned Bliss by Oliver de la Paz
  29. The Good Life by Tracy K. Smith

If you’d like a copy of our Giving Voice packet for educational purposes, write to us at festival@grdodge.org

6 Responses to Poetry Friday: Giving Voice Poems

  1. Madeline Tiger says:

    Please send me a copy of that poetry packet that was distributed at the end of Spring and Fountain this year. I may have had a copy, given at the common event at the end,
    but I can’t find it here, and I’d love to have that collection…. if it’s not too much trouble.
    Thanks, Madeline

  2. Marvin Waldman says:

    Please send me the educational package for “Giving Voice Poems.”

  3. Catherine Vail says:

    Please send a packet
    Catherine Vail
    100 Beekman St., 25K
    New York, NY. 10038

  4. Rebecca Gambale says:

    It’s been emailed to you, Catherine! Enjoy.

  5. Bette Bland says:

    Please send me a “Giving Voice” packet.. Thank you.

  6. Anthony Lavoipierre says:

    Please send me a ‘Giving Voice’ packet. Many thanks.

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