National Poetry Month: Poems About Music, Day 15 of 30

Music, goes one recent definition, is organized sound and silence. Keats perhaps had this idea earlier:

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
 Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
 Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:

(From the second stanza of Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn“)

For today, some poetry sites, etc. that I like and that are more or less part of my regular routine. And as anybody who knows me well, I heart routine!

Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 7.49.24 AMPoetry Daily pulls from poetry published around the U.S., also has prose features and lots of good links. A weekly newsletter is chatty and highlights a poem about to disappear from the archive. For Poetry Month they send you a poem a day selected by a poet and glossed by him or her, usually eye opening. I discovered D. Nurkse and Albert Goldbarth through them.

Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 7.52.00 AMPoetry Foundation is the mother ship of U.S. poetry sites. Also has daily poems, and lots and lots of poetry and context. The Browse feature lets you look for anything you might want, poems by occasion, on particular subjects, that are good for children, have audio or video etc.

They have a mobile app that has a great “spin” button that just brings up a poem kind of like a roulette wheel, but with better odds of winning.

Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 7.54.42 AMAlso just learned from Jim about an app that helps you memorize poems from Penguin,
Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics. A wonderful new take on an old idea, namely that getting a few poems by heart is nice equipment for living. (App is free, but there are ‘in-app’ fees. And it’s rated 9+ for “infrequent mild/mature/suggestive themes,”  which gave me a wry smile.)

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