181st Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 181st Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Stanley Kunitz:

An Old Cracked Tune

My name is Solomon Levi,
the desert is my home,
my mother's breast was thorny,
and father I had none.

The sands whispered, Be separate,
the stones taught me, Be hard.
I dance, for the joy of surviving,
on the edge of the road. 

What do you think?


  1. I couldn’t believe this was Kunitz, Serena. I was sure it was Yeats–one of my favorite poets.

  2. I love poems with creative personification. I love the idea of the desert sands whispering.
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  3. So much said in just eight little lines. Very moving and inspirational.