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“. . . It’s the town’s goat. I’m just taking my turn caring for it. . . ” (James Tate)

There’s no accounting for it, but one of my favorite poems of all time is James Tate’s “It Happens like This.”

I say there’s no accounting for it because I have no idea what it “means,” and it certainly is not the most “elevated diction” from which anyone ever composed a poem. 1,132 more words

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It's Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Although I won’t be literally carrying a poem in my pocket today, I’ve decided to share a poem here on The Whisper Box. 267 more words

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Slovak (IRE)

Age: 3 (Foaled March 9th, 2012)
Sex: Chestnut Filly
Sire: Iffraaj
Dam: Bratislava
Trainer: J Tate
Owner: Mr Saeed Manana

A full sister to Wootton Bassett and also related to plenty of other winners. 7 more words


Success Comes to Cow Creek, by James Tate

I sit on the tracks,
a hundred feet from
earth, fifty from the
water. Gerald is
inching toward me
as grim, slow, and
determined as a… 174 more words


'The Workforce' - A Poem by James Tate

How often do you find yourself in negotiation with management and suppliers to acquire the resources necessary to meet your objectives?

In the poem ‘The Workforce’, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning poet, … 412 more words


poem to some of my recent poems :: james tate

My beloved little billiard balls,
my polite mongrels, edible patriotic plums,
you owe your beauty to your mother, who
resembled a cyclindrical corned beef
with all the trimmings, may God rest… 144 more words


Poetry Corner: James Tate

Tracy Wuster

As a poor-quality young poet,  my verses were overwrought, melodramatic, and a bit odd.  Then I discovered James Tate, and I decided that if I was to be a poet, then an odd humor would be my game.   493 more words

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