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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

 

2008

 
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
Poets.org: e.e. cummings
AuthorSheets: E.E. Cummings

3 Poems by ee.cummings

 
 

2009

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

Books by Mary Oliver
Poetry Foundation: Mary Oliver
Poets.org: Mary Oliver

 
Billy Collins Live
February 12, 2009
Billy Collins

Books by Billy Collins
Poetry Foundation: Billy Collins
Poets.org: 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 Poets.org
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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Robert Frost
AuthorSheets: Robert Frost


3 Poemsby Robert Frost

 
June 11, 2009
Audre Lorde

Books by Audre Lorde
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: W.S. Merwin


3 Poems by W.S. Merwin

 

 
 

2010

January 14, 2010
Yusef Komunyakaa

Books by Yusef Komunyakaa
Poetry Foundation: Yusef Komunyakaa
Poets.org: Yusef Komunyakaa

3 Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa


 
March 11, 2010
Jorie Graham

Books by Jorie Graham
Poetry Foundation: Jorie Graham
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Gerald Stern

3 Poems by Gerald Stern


 

September 9, 2010
Nikki Giovanni

Books by Nikki Giovanni
Books about Nikki Giovanni
Poetry Foundation: Nikki Giovanni
Poets.org: Nikki Giovanni

Four Poems by Nikki Giovanni


 
October 14, 2010
Robinson Jeffers

Books by Robinson Jeffers
Books about Robinson Jeffers
Poetry Foundation: Robinson Jeffers
Poets.org: 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.

 
 

2011

January 13, 2011
Alicia Ostriker (1937-)

Books by Alicia Ostriker
Poetry Foundation: Alicia Ostriker
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Allen Ginsberg
AuthorSheets: Allen Ginsberg

3 Poems

America
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)


 
 

2012

January 12, 2012
Ai

Books by Ai
Poetry Foundation: Ai
Poets.org: Ai
University of Arizona Poetry Center Readings

3 Poems +1

"Fate"
"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"
"Lace"
"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


 
 

2013

 
The Poems of Marianne Moore
February 14, 2013
Marianne Moore
(1887–1972)

Books by Marianne Moore
Books about Marianne Moore
Poetry Foundation: Marianne Moore
Poets.org: 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
(1923-1982)

Books by Richard Hugo
Books about Richard Hugo
Poetry Foundation: Richard Hugo
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Rita Dove

 
River of Stars: Selected Poems of Yosano Akiko
May 9, 2013
Yosano Akiko
(1878-1942)

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

 
Selected Poetry
June 13, 2013
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772–1834)

Books by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Books about Samuel Taylor Coleridgee
Poetry Foundation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Louise Glück

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

Books by Wallace Stevens
Books about Wallace Stevens
Poetry Foundation: Wallace Stevens
Poets.org: Wallace Stevens

 
Rumi
November 14, 2013
Rumi (1207-1273)

Books by Rumi
Books about Rumi
Poets.org: Rumi

 
 

2014

Langston Hughes
January 9, 2014
Langston Hughes

Books by Langston Hughes
Books about Langston Hughes
Poetry Foundation: Langston Hughes
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Denise Levertov

3+1 Poems by Denise Levertov

 
 
 
 
 
Alice Notley
October 9, 2014
Alice Notley

Books by Alice Notley
Poetry Foundation: Alice Notley
Poets.org: 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
Poets.org: Naomi Shihab Nye

3+1 Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye