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  • This is what was bequeathed us   by Gregory Orr 7 April 09 http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php http://media.independent.com/img/photos/2007/06/21/earth.jpg
  • This is what was bequeathed us This is what was bequeathed us: This earth the beloved left And, leaving, Left to us. No other world But this one: Willows and the river And the factory With its black smokestacks.  Continued……
  • This is what was bequeathed us No other shore, only this bank On which the living gather. No meaning but what we find here. No purpose but what we make.  That, and the beloved’s clear instructions: Turn me into song; sing me awake. http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20604 View slide
  • Gregory Orr Gregory Orr was born in 1947 in Albany, New York, and grew up in the rural Hudson Valley, and for a year, in a hospital in the hinterlands of Haiti. He received a B.A. degree from Antioch College, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, including How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved (2005); The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems (2002); Orpheus and Eurydice (2001); Burning the Empty Nests (1997); City of Salt (1995), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Poetry Prize; and Gathering the Bones Together (1975). He is also the author of a memoir, The Blessing (Council Oak Books, 2002), which was chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the fifty best non-fiction books the year, and three books of essays, including Poetry As Survival (2002) and Stanley Kunitz: An Introduction to the Poetry (1985). http://poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/218 View slide
  • National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media — to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.
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