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Jim Moonan

Owner/Artistic Director, NorthWind Education

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What poems are most powerful to you?

I am astonished at how powerful poetic writing can be - yet poetry remains out of the reach of so many people today.

My hope is to collect here some of those poems that mean so much to people so that others can share the transcendant feeling that good poetry brings.

I would also like to know where others find their poetry - where are the best places to hear it, what are the publications that print it, the courses that teach how to read it, etc.

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    May 8 2011: This is a poem I care about, by Walt Whitman --

    Word over all, beautiful as the sky!

    Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost;

    That the hands of the sisters Death and Night, incessantly softly

    wash again, and ever again, this soil'd world:

    For my enemy is dead - a man divine as myself is dead;

    I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin - I draw near;

    I bend down, and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.

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