hippo campus – poems (live at youtube space nyc)

“poems”, from hippo campus’ debut album, ‘landmark’. stream or download it here: http://smarturl.it/HippoCampuslandmark

performed live at youtube space new york, june 12th 2017.

(c) grand jury records / (p) downtown music, written by hippo campus.

hippo campus: whistler allen, jake luppen, nathan stocker, zach sutton, featuring decarlo jackson: trumpet.

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visual design: david kramer.

guitars provided by: d’angelico guitars.

mixed by evan bakke.
recorded by spencer ward & mark creegan.

an exit 9 films production.
directed, produced and edited by brian davidson.
filmed by alessandro rafanelli, john schwartz, nicholas whelan, and brian davidson.

4 Poems to Help You Lean Into Gratitude

Oftentimes, poetry stands out as a way to explore complex, painful emotions and arrive at catharsis. However, writers also use poetry to express their happiness, excitement, and gratitude—feelings that can be just as nuanced and personal. As we enter the holiday season, these poems can help you reflect on what you’re thankful for. If you want to take an even more poetic approach to gratitude, consider drafting a poem of your own. 


1. “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” by Ross Gay


Poem excerpt:


“Thank you to the woman barefoot in a gaudy dress

for stopping her car in the middle of the road

and the tractor trailer behind her, and the van behind it,

whisking a turtle off the road.

Thank you god of gaudy.

Thank you paisley panties.

Thank you the organ up my dress.

Thank you the sheer dress you wore kneeling in my dream

at the creek’s edge and the light

swimming through it. The koi kissing

halos into the glassy air.”


Ross Gay’s “Poem of Unabashed Gratitude” is from his collection of the same name, which went on to win the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. This poem is a powerful, musical manifestation of gratitude, stretching across long lines and over more than a dozen stanzas. Through this journey—which shows the rhythmic poet’s skill for establishing momentum—Gay paints an inclusive portrait of thankfulness, one that relies on community and us all taking steps to better it. While he doesn’t shy away from how arduous this collective action can be, regularly alluding to life’s ardor, injustice, and challenges, he encourages hope and even whimsy as we strive toward it. 


2. “The Orange” by Wendy Cope


Poem Excerpt:


“At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—

The size of it made us all laugh.

I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—

They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,

As ordinary things often do

Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.

This is peace and contentment. It’s new.”


Sometimes the smallest moments can awaken our gratitude, a concept to which Wendy Cope’s “The Orange” pays tribute. We may think to be grateful in large-scale moments—like after landing a dream job or getting married—but Cope encourages us to find those same feelings in the midst of everyday scenarios, like laughing with friends at lunch. Overall, Cope’s playful poem is a call to stay present and to remain in tune with our easily amused childhood selves. 


3. This untitled poem from Courtney Peppernell’s Pillow Thoughts II


“Your heart is here to grow

water it with love

let the light in

Remember your heart

is a world beating

beneath your skin”


Many of the poems on this list speak to feeling gratitude for friendships, relationships, and general community, all of which are important. Beloved poet Courtney Peppernell’s writing from Pillow Thoughts II goes in a different but equally vital direction, reveling in the gratitude and peace that arrive when we love and trust ourselves. In this simple and moving poem, Peppernell depicts the interior world as a sprawling, ever-evolving universe, teaching us to peer into all its corners and to feel grateful for the teachings we find. 


4. “Daisies” by Mary Oliver


Poem excerpt:


“It is heaven itself to take what is given,

to see what is plain; what the sun lights up willingly;

for example – I think this

as I reach down, not to pick but merely to touch –

the suitability of the field for the daisies, and the

daisies for the field.”


Mary Oliver is known for being a poet whose work focused on nature, wonder, and joy. Her poem “Daisies” perfectly exemplifies this, as she ruminates on the beauty of the sun, the field, and the daisies that make up her surroundings, realizing how each nurtures the other. Like other poems on this list, “Daisies” advocates for finding joy in simplicity, as well as recognizing how so much around us is already thriving. 


Happy holidays from Read Poetry!

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5 Dazzling December 2022 Poetry Releases

The end of the year may be nearing, but that doesn’t mean that the poetry world is winding down. In fact, some of the year’s most exciting releases hit shelves this month. Queer poets, Jewish poets, and poets of differing abilities are in the spotlight this season, a testament to the value of deeply personal stories and diversity in the genre. Check out our five must-read recommendations. 


1. Invisible History: The Collected Poems of Walta Borawski

Release date: Dec. 1


A queer poetry reading list would be incomplete without Walta Borawski, a bold political poet whose writing powerfully responded to and characterized the post-Stonewall era and AIDS crisis. Borawski was known for his writing in zines and activist newspapers, and he’s been anthologized in a collection of “gay writers who changed America.” That call for change, from a writer whose verse pairs striking honesty and vivid musicality, is preserved and meditated upon in this book.


2. MOPES: A Book in Three Acts by Kenneth Reveiz 

Release date: Dec. 6


MOPES: A Book in Three Acts is the latest release from the Fence Modern Poets series, a radical and prestigious poetry prize dedicated to queer writers of color who challenge systems of power within their work. In this award-winning book, Kenneth Reveiz vulnerably and bravely contrasts the world as it is versus the world as it should be. The collection opens with a devastating and unflinching illustration of America’s racialized and homophobic violence, then envisions the struggle and vision it will take to overcome this. Ultimately, MOPES: A Book in Three Acts moves through the classic dramatic structure, arriving at a utopia and inspiring us to fight for it


3. Her Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems by Irena Klepfisz 

Release date: Dec. 6 


A childhood Holocaust survivor and lifelong Jewish lesbian activist, Irena Klepfisz’s work is one of the most compelling examples of the personal intertwining with the political. Though she’s written unforgettable poetry for more than 50 years—work with Adrienne Rich praised for its mastery of line and shifting tone—Her Birth and Later Years is the first and only full collection of Klepfisz’s poetry. Its pages call us back into the past, with poems memorializing those lost to violence and urgently carving out their legacies. 


4. How to Communicate by John Lee Clark

Release date: Dec. 6


Ahead of its release, How to Communicate has been called “a masterpiece” by Kaveh Akbar and “a living classic” by Ilya Kaminsky. Alternating between quiet and loud moments and finding power in both, deafblind poet John Lee Clark has written a collection that defies the literary canon and establishes a new, much-needed position within it. Clark makes an indisputable and heartbreaking argument about the lack of accessibility and inclusion in poetry, contrasting this with his poems that incorporate Braille and erasure. Though he reimagines forms throughout the collection, much of Clark’s collection is not a reimagining, but instead a diaristic look at ordinary life. As Clark visits a museum and sits at the gas station, he invites readers to accompany him and learn how he interacts with the world. 


5. 100 Poems That Matter by the Academy of American Poets

Release date: Dec. 13


The holiday season is all about reuniting oneself with classics and tradition, making December the perfect release month for the much-anticipated 100 Poems That Matter. In this beautiful collectible from the revered Academy of American Poets, readers can revisit or learn about the poets who defined the genre, from Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes. 100 Poems That Matter showcases how poetry has carried us throughout history. 


Happy reading!

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