Trouble Sleeping?

Trouble sleeping? You are not alone. According to John Lundberg’s piece in yesterday’s Huffington Post 30 to 50% of us occasionally suffer from insomnia. So, it is not surprising that sleeplessness has also been a subject for poets. To read more poetry on tossing and turning, Lundberg suggests Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems edited by Lisa Russ Spaar, which offers “an excellent anthology of insomnia inspired poetry.” Lundberg’s favorites include Alexander Pushkin’s “Lines Written at Night During Insomnia,” Dana Gioia’s “Insomnia,” and Walt Whitman’s “A Clear Midnight.”

Other poets in the anthology include Elizabeth Bishop, William Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tu Fu, Sappho, Philip Larkin, Rita Dove, and Wallace Stevens. For the full Table of Contents.

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