Ever wish you could take your favorite poet (like, say, Sara Teasdale) along with you to work? You know, set her next to your computer while you labor on that big report? Or prop her up in your pencil cup to give you a little extra push through to the end of the day?
You haven’t? Well, that’s okay. If you spend enough time with the Tweetspeak community, you may discover things you never knew you wanted, dreams you never realized you had.
Take Your Poet to Work Day is July 16, 2014
To help you play and celebrate with us, we’re releasing poets each week in a compact, convenient format that you can tuck in your pocket, tool belt, or lunchbox. We hear Neruda is coming. Emily Dickinson will put in an appearance. And some weeks we’ll release full collections — the Beat Poets, the Big Six, the Confessionalists.
Is there a poet you’d like to see? Give us your suggestions in the comments. We’ll see what we can do.
Take Your Poet to Work: Sara Teasdale
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Perhaps if you brought one of her poems along, you could have Sara Teasdale read it to your coworkers over the noon hour.
It is not a word spoken,
Few words are said;
Nor even a look of the eyes
Nor a bend of the head,
But only a hush of the heart
That has too much to keep,
Only memories waking
That sleep so light a sleep.
Sara Teasdale was a lyrical poet born in 1884. She was known for simple verse focused on love, beauty, death, and loss. Oh, and lots and lots of kissing.
Though she was in love with fellow poet Vachel Lindsay, she married Ernst Filsinger. She and Lindsay remained longtime friends.
Her third poetry collection, Love Songs, won the Columbia Poetry Prize (which later became the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) in 1918. Other prominent works include Flame and Shadow, and Strange victory, which was published after her death. Teasdale suffered poor health most of her life. She died by suicide in 1933.