J. Robinson Wheeler's  Poetry


On Poetry

I wasn't ever a particular fan of poetry until I started writing some, starting when I was about 22 years old. I wrote the following hundred poems (give or take) in a short span of time, the most coming in 1994 and 1995, and then the flow stopped. I haven't written much of any since, so this remains my body of work as a poet.

The comparison of one's own work to the great poets of old cannot help but leave one feeling small, untalented, and pretentious. I found my influences in Shakespeare's sonnets (there are a number of sonnet-form poems here), in the poetry and psalms of the Bible, and in the alliterative rhythms of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

  1. 6am
  2. Anti-Lament
  3. At What Are You Smiling, Pretty Lady?
  4. Autumn Arrival
  5. Bad Poetry
  6. Beware
  7. Blessèd Rest
  8. Caught Off Guard
  9. Charmèd Necessity
  10. The Cost
  11. Dissolution
  12. Dolorous Moment
  13. Dylan in C
  14. Empty Argument
  15. Erudition
  16. The First Who Comes Last
  17. Five Finnish Firemen
  18. Forethoughts
  19. Gabriel, Wilt Thou Answer Me?
  20. Garbledygood
  21. Gerald Hopkins
  22. Haiku Summaries of Script Plots
  23. Hallows Eve
  24. The Handlebar Messiah
  25. Hell's Host
  26. His Art
  27. His Height
  28. I Am Strangely Stirred Today
  29. Lavender Lilies
  30. Melancholia
  31. Metaphors
  32. Miracle Morn
  33. The Mysogynist's Rhymic
  34. No, My Love, You Are Not Alone
  35. Ode to the Bride
  36. One Day I Shall Find Her
  37. One Man and One Lady
  38. The Only Thing Missing is a Piano
  39. Or
  40. O Son Of Man
  41. O Woman
  42. Part I
  43. Part II
  44. Part III
  45. The Point of Pain
  46. Porch Light Five
  47. Pose & Repose
  48. Prose Sonnet
  49. Prosperity
  50. Proverb Sonnet
  51. A Psalm
  52. The Reason
  53. Robinson's Run
  54. The Rock
  55. Rumination
  56. Sabbath Song
  57. Scribbledy Dibbledy
  58. Self-Obsession
  59. Sensitivity
  60. She Cut Me to the Quick
  61. Smoke
  62. A Solemn Sign
  63. Sonnet #2
  64. Sonnet
  65. Sonnet
  66. Sonnet
  67. Sonnet
  68. Sonnet
  69. Sonnet
  70. Sonnet
  71. Sonnet
  72. Sonnet
  73. Sonnet
  74. Sonnet
  75. Sonnet/Acrostic
  76. Sonnet (partial)
  77. Soul's Wrest
  78. The Space
  79. Stretching
  80. Summertime
  81. Summing Up Me
  82. Toast
  83. Treasure
  84. Two Days In
  85. Unalive Clay
  86. Unashamed
  87. Une Poème Française
  88. Used Up
  89. Useless Gesture
  90. The Use of God's Heart
  91. Waiting for Something
  92. The Warrior
  93. What If This Day Were My Last?
  94. What I've Come to Say
  95. The Wind
  96. Words
  97. Yon Binsey Poplar
  98. You Don't Either


 

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