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3 Poems by... Archive
Poetry Discussion Group

For our upcoming programs, please go to The 3 Poems by… Poetry Discussion Group, which discusses three poems by a selected poet or about a selected topic once a month.

Previous Selections:

2008    2009    2010    2011    2012    2013    2014   2015



E.E. Cummings : A Biography
November 13, 2008
e.e. cummings

About e.e. cummings
Books by e.e. cummings
Poetry Foundation: e.e. cummings e.e. cummings
AuthorSheets: E.E. Cummings

3 Poems by ee.cummings



New And Selected Poems by Mary Oliver.
January 8, 2009
Mary Oliver

Books by Mary Oliver
Poetry Foundation: Mary Oliver Mary Oliver

Billy Collins Live
February 12, 2009
Billy Collins

Books by Billy Collins
Poetry Foundation: Billy Collins Billy Collins

3 Poems by Billy Collins

  • "The Afterlife"
  • "First Reader"
  • "Workshop"

Thursday, March 12, 2009
3 Poems about…Time

"Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden
Read the poem
Books by W.H. Auden

"For You, Friend" by Ted Kooser
Ted Kooser's Website
Books by Ted Kooser

"anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E. E. Cummings
Read the poem at
Read the Poem at the Poetry Foundation
Books by E.E. Cummings

Blood, Tin, Straw
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sharon Olds

Books by Sharon Olds Sharon Olds
Poetry Foundation: Sharon Olds

3 Poems by Sharon Olds

Birches and Other Poems
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Robert Frost

Books by Robert Frost
Books about Robert Frost
Poetry Foundation: Robert Frost Robert Frost
AuthorSheets: Robert Frost

3 Poemsby Robert Frost

June 11, 2009
Audre Lorde

Books by Audre Lorde Audre Lorde
Modern American Poetry: Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
Contemporary Authors

Anne Sexton
September 10, 2009
Anne Sexton

Books by Anne Sexton
Books about Anne Sexton Anne Sexton
Poetry Foundation: Anne Sexton
AuthorSheets: Anne Sexton

October 8, 2009
W.S. Merwin

Books by W.S. Merwin
Poetry Foundation: W.S. Merwin W.S. Merwin

3 Poems by W.S. Merwin




January 14, 2010
Yusef Komunyakaa

Books by Yusef Komunyakaa
Poetry Foundation: Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa

3 Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa

March 11, 2010
Jorie Graham

Books by Jorie Graham
Poetry Foundation: Jorie Graham Jorie Graham

3 Poems by Jorie Graham

  • "What Is Called Thinking: After Trakl" from Region of Unlikeness (The subtitle, which Graham dropped after its initial publication, refers to poet George Trakl.)
  • "I Watched a Snake" from Erosion
  • "Mind" from Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts

April 8, 2010
Elizabeth Bishop

Books by Elizabeth Bishop
Books about Elizabeth Bishop
Poetry Foundation: Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop

3 Poems by Elizabeth Bishop


June 10, 2010
Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh but moved to New Jersey.

Books by Gerald Stern
Poetry Foundation: Gerald Stern Gerald Stern

3 Poems by Gerald Stern


September 9, 2010
Nikki Giovanni

Books by Nikki Giovanni
Books about Nikki Giovanni
Poetry Foundation: Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni

Four Poems by Nikki Giovanni

October 14, 2010
Robinson Jeffers

Books by Robinson Jeffers
Books about Robinson Jeffers
Poetry Foundation: Robinson Jeffers Robinson Jeffers
The Big Read: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

Although closely associated with Carmel, California, where he lived from 1914 until his death in 1962, Jeffers was born in Pittsburgh.

3+1 Poems by Robinson Jeffers

November 11, 2010
3 Poems on Photography
Poetry Discussion Group: Library & Museum Collaboration

In this collaboration between the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, we will discuss three poems about or inspired by photography. Join us for this special session related to the exhibition "On Reading" by André Kertész. We'll begin with a 15-minute gallery talk highlighting visual and literary connections, then converse with fellow readers and library staff in a casual museum setting.



January 13, 2011
Alicia Ostriker (1937-)

Books by Alicia Ostriker
Poetry Foundation: Alicia Ostriker Alicia Ostriker
Alicia Suskin Ostriker's website

Three Poesm by Alicia Ostriker

  1. "In the Dust" from The Mother/Child Papers, 1980
    (Also collected in The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998).
  2. "Daffodils, from No Heaven, 2005.
    The poem refers to and includes epigraphs from William Wordsworth and Jack Spicer. Here is the Wordsworth poem, also called Daffodils. The Jack Spicer epigraph quotes part 3 of the poem "Love Poems."
  3. "Mastectomy" from The Crack in Everything, 1996.
    This poem is part 4 of a 12-part sequence, but we'll be focusing on part 4, "Mastectomy," for the discussion.

February 10, 2011
Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)

Books by Sylvia Plath
Books and Films about Sylvia Plath
Poetry Foundation: Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath
AuthorSheets: Sylvia Plath

3 Poems + 1

  • Black Rook in Rainy Weather
  • Daddy
  • Lady Lazarus
  • Words

March 10, 2011
Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

Books by Lucille Clifton
Books about Lucille Clifton
Poetry Foundation: Lucille Clifton
Poetry Foundation: Interview Lucille Clifton

3 Poems

  • "i went to the valley" from Good News about the Earth, 1972
  • "sorrows" from Voices, 2008
  • "Dream of Foxes" from The Terrible Stories, 1998




3+2 Poems

  • To The Reader
  • The Balcony
  • A Carrion
  • The Albatross
  • Be Drunk

September 8, 2011
Yehuda Amichai

Books by Yehuda Amichai
Poetry Foundation: Yehuda Amichai Yehuda Amichai
Wikipedia: Yehuda Amichai

3 Poems

"Wildpeace" (from Behind All This a Great Happiness Is Hiding, 1976)
"Tourist" (from Poems of Akhziv, 1963-1968)
"Not Like a Cypress" (from Two Hopes Away, 1958)

October 13, 2011
Allen Ginsberg

Books by Allen Ginsberg
Books about Allen Ginsberg
Poetry Foundation: Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg
AuthorSheets: Allen Ginsberg

3 Poems

A Supermarket in California
Sunflower Sutra
In back of the real
Ah, Sun-flower! by William Blake


3 Poems

"The Retrieval System" (from The Retrieval System, 1978)
"The Word" (from Connecting the Dots, 1996)
"Progress Report" (from The Retrieval System, 1978)



January 12, 2012

Books by Ai
Poetry Foundation: Ai Ai
University of Arizona Poetry Center Readings

3 Poems +1

"Reunions with a Ghost"
"Killing Floor"
"I Can't Get Started


February 9, 2012
Anna Akhmatova


3 Poems +1

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud
Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
Elegiac Stanzas
The World Is Too Much With Us


April 12, 2012
Eavan Boland

3 Poems +2

"Outside History"
"Domestic Violence"
"It's a Woman's World"
"On the Gift of The Birds of America"


May 10, 2012
Haiku - 3 Poems by 3 Poets



September 13, 2012
Gwendolyn Brooks

3 Poems + 1

We Real Cool
The Bean Eaters
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock
First Fight. Then Fiddle.



November 8, 2012
Wislawa Szymborska

3 Poems +1

Lot's Wife
Photograph from September 11th
Some People Like Poetry
Notes From a Nonexistent Himalayan Expedition



The Poems of Marianne Moore
February 14, 2013
Marianne Moore

Books by Marianne Moore
Books about Marianne Moore
Poetry Foundation: Marianne Moore Marianne Moore

3+1 Poems by Marianne Moore

  • In Distrust of Merits
  • The Mind is an Enchanting Thing
  • Poetry
  • The Fish
Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo
March 14, 2013
Richard Hugo

Books by Richard Hugo
Books about Richard Hugo
Poetry Foundation: Richard Hugo Richard Hugo

4 Poems by Richard Hugo

Selected Poems
April 11, 2013
Rita Dove

Books by Rita Dove
Books about Rita Dove
Poetry Foundation: Rita Dove Rita Dove

River of Stars: Selected Poems of Yosano Akiko
May 9, 2013
Yosano Akiko

Books by Yosano Akiko
Books about Yosano Akiko
Wikipedia: Akiko Yosano

Selected Poetry
June 13, 2013
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Books by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Books about Samuel Taylor Coleridgee
Poetry Foundation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge
AuthorSheets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3 Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

On Louise Glück
September 12, 2013
Louise Glück

Books by Louise Glück
Books about Louise Glück
Poetry Foundation: Louise Glück Louise Glück

Selected Poems
October 10, 2013
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

Books by Wallace Stevens
Books about Wallace Stevens
Poetry Foundation: Wallace Stevens Wallace Stevens

November 14, 2013
Rumi (1207-1273)

Books by Rumi
Books about Rumi Rumi



Langston Hughes
January 9, 2014
Langston Hughes

Books by Langston Hughes
Books about Langston Hughes
Poetry Foundation: Langston Hughes Langston Hughes

3+1 Poems by Langston Hughes

William Stafford
February 13, 2014
William Stafford (1914-1993)

Books by William Stafford
Books about William Stafford
Poetry Foundation: William Stafford William Stafford

3+2 Poems by William Stafford

Denise Levertov
March 13, 2014
Denise Levertov

Books by Denise Levertov
Books about Denise Levertov
Poetry Foundation: Denise Levertov Denise Levertov

3+1 Poems by Denise Levertov

Alice Notley
October 9, 2014
Alice Notley

Books by Alice Notley
Poetry Foundation: Alice Notley Alice Notley

3 Poems by Alice Notley

Naomi Shihab Nye
November 13, 2014
Naomi Shihab Nye

Books by Naomi Shihab Nye
Books about Naomi Shihab Nye
Poetry Foundation: Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye

3+1 Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye



Seamus Heaney
January 8, 2015
Seamus Heaney

Books by Seamus Heaney
Books about Seamus Heaney
Poetry Foundation: Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney

Pattiann Rogers
February 12, 2015
Pattiann Rogers

Books by Pattiann Rogers
Poetry Foundation: Pattiann Rogers Pattiann Rogers

Galway Kinnell
March 12, 2015
Galway Kinnell

Books by Galway Kinnell
Books about Galway Kinnell
Poetry Foundation: Galway Kinnell Galway Kinnell

3+1 Poems by Galway Kinnell

Joy Harjo
April 9, 2015
Joy Harjo

Books by Joy Harjo
Books about Joy Harjo
Poetry Foundation: Joy Harjo Joy Harjo

Linda Pastan
June 11, 2015
Linda Pastan

Books by Linda Pastan
Poetry Foundation: Linda Pastan Linda Pastan

Rainer Maria Rilke
September 10, 2015
Rainer Maria Rilke

Books by Rainer Maria Rilke
Poetry Foundation: Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Rilke

Discussion Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke

John Berryman
October 8, 2015
John Berryman

Books by John Berryman
Poetry Foundation: John Berryman John Berryman