MICROCOSMOS: Thirty Poems of Nature
(.pdf files include Discussion Questions)


01.  #1079 by Emily Dickinson (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"The Sun went down - no Man looked on / The Earth and I - alone..."
02.  A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"A noiseless patient spider / I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood..."
03.  A Scientist's Acrostic by Jennifer Gresham (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"Scientists are like beetles / Crawling over the earth, antennae twitching..."
04.  Acquainted with the Night by Josh Bryars (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"The peeping stars come one then two / Assuming their place in nightly relief..."
05.  Afton Water by Robert Burns (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes / Flow gently, I'll sing thee..."


06.  Alone Looking at the Mountain by Li Po (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"All the birds have flown up and gone / A lonely cloud floats leisurely by..."
07.  Cardinals by John L Stanizzi (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"I had seen them in the tree / and heard they mate for life..."
08.  Daddy Longlegs by Ted Kooser (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"Here, on fine long legs springy as steel / a life rides, sealed in a small brown pill..."
09.  Desert Places by Robert Frost (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast..."
10.  Flamingo Watching by Kay Ryan (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
"Wherever the flamingo goes / she brings a city's worth / of furbelows..."


11. from Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson (view) (.pdf)
(.mp3)
In good health, the air is a cordial of incredible virtue...
12. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
I wandered lonely as a cloud / That floats on high o'er vales and hills...
13. John Ruskin Considers the Nature of Water, c.1842
by Robert Black (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Now the fact is that there is hardly a roadside pond or pool...
14. Let Evening Come by Jane Kenyon (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Let the light of late afternoon shine through chinks in the barn...
15. Moss by Bruce Guernsey (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
How must it be to be moss, that slipcover of rocks? - imagine...


16. Nurture by Maxine Kumin (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
From a documentary on marsupials I learn that a pillowcase makes a fine...
17. Snakeskin by Liz Beasley (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Clouds thin into form: a hawk / pulling a tail of rings - beads / of an abacus...
18. Stone by Charles Simic (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Go inside a stone / That would be my way. / Let somebody else become a...
19. The Book of Hours by Joyce Sutphen (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
There was that one hour sometime in the middle of the last century. It was autumn...
20. The Butterfly Effect by Billy Collins (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
The one resting now on a plant stem somewhere deep in the vine-hung interior...


21. The Calf Path by S.W. Foss (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
One day through the primeval wood / A calf walked home as good calves should...
22. The Consent by Howard Nemerov (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Late in November, on a single night / Not even near to freezing, the ginkgo trees...
23. The Grain of Sound by Robert Morgan (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
A banjo maker in the mountains, when looking out for wood to carve an instrument...
24. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both...
25. The Star by Jane Taylor (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star / How I wonder what you are...


26. The Summer Day by Mary Oliver (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear?...
27. Things I Know by Joyce Sutphen (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
I know how the cow's head turns to gaze at the child in the hay aisle...
28. Tree Marriage by William Meredith (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
In Chota Nagpur and Bengal / the betrothed are tied with threads to mango trees...
29. Turtle by Kay Ryan (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
Who would be a turtle who could help it? A barely mobile hard roll, a four-oared helmet...
30. When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman (view) (.pdf) (.mp3)
When I heard the learn'd astronomer / When the proofs, the figures...


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