Catherine Chandler's Poetry Blog

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Beautiful Changes

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The Beautiful Changes

On this first day of autumn, I am reminded of one of Richard Wilbur's most beautiful poems, "The Beautiful Changes", which begins . . .

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides   
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water

You may read the poem in its entirety HERE.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sinful Sunday

My audio recording of my poem, "Seven Deadly Sonnets".

Previously published as follows:

Superbia -- sunday@six mag, March 2012
Acedia -- Raintown Review, Volume 10, Issue 2, February 2012
Luxuria -- Fox Chase Review, Winter/Spring 2011
Invidia --  Raintown Review, Volume 10, Issue 2, February 2012
Gula -- Blue Unicorn, Volume XXIX, Number 1, October 2005
Ira -- Raintown Review, Volume 10, Issue 2, February 2012
Avaritia -- Raintown Review, Volume 10, Issue 2, February 2012

Published together in my second collection, Glad and Sorry Seasons (Biblioasis, 2014)

Ahmed's Clock

Recently published in The New Verse News HERE.

Ahmed’s Clock
A clock stopped -- not the mantel's (Emily Dickinson)

the main board

the seven-segment display 
the transformer
the 9-volt interface
for power-outage battery backup     

in a circuit-stuffed
pencil box

don’t look


Ahmed makes
the connection

© Catherine Chandler, September 20, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Road Taken

Wyoming Valley Sunset (



The Sirens

by Richard Wilbur

I never knew the road
From which the whole earth didn't call away,
With wild birds rounding the hill crowns,
Haling out of the heart an old dismay,
Or the shore somewhere pounding its slow code,
Or low-lighted towns
Seeming to tell me, stay.

Lands I have never seen
And shall not see, loves I will not forget,
All I have missed, or slighted, or foregone
Call to me now. And weaken me. And yet
I would not walk a road without a scene.
I listen going on,
The richer for regret.

"The Sirens" by Richard Wilbur from Ceremony and Other Poems. © Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1950. Reprinted with permission.(The Writer's Almanac, February 9, 2014)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


"Another Art", my wise-ass parody of Elizabeth Bishop's poem, has been accepted for publication in THIS ANTHOLOGY.

Thanks, Jerry and Ulf!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

" . . . to unearth all we need to know."

My light/dark sonnet, "For Pluto" has now been published on the light verse site, Lighten Up Online.

You may read it HERE.

Thank you, editor Jerome Betts!