Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Of A Love Like Stars and Anna Karenina (Fated To Love)

Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Of A Love Like Stars and Anna Karenina (Fated To Love)

Friday Poetry. Under the Same Moon. Poems by James Goertel. Today: Of A Love Like Stars and Anna Karenina (Fated To Love)

OF A LOVE LIKE STARS from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, was written to memorialize the passing of poet Jack Gilbert.

ANNA KARENINA from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, uses Tolstoy’s most famous fictional character, Anna Karenina, as a stepping off point for a meditation on love and fate in our all too non-fictional lives.


(In Memory of Jack Gilbert, 1925 – 2012)

Our concocted constellations
cannot begin to paint a picture
of the infinite; connecting stars
like dots the way children do

as we struggle to explain
our own hearts to those
who have thrown themselves
to the tides, risking death

– not of the flesh, but of the soul –

in hopes of drifting

– not out to sea, but through veins –

closer to an understanding
of a love like stars
mapped in our poems,
our science, our songs,
but whose infinite melody
we may only ever distractedly hum
looking to the heavens instead of
inside our own unframed hearts.


Fated to love, so we walk on;
on through the gray splash snow
of melancholy streets where the infrequent
sun is more a reluctant tourist than our hearts;
on through beauty-marred landscapes

which leave us frightened and self-consciously
ashamed of our own birth-marked bodies;
on through the meta-fictional settings
of the imagination’s happy endings,
casting our shadows though they cannot smile;
fated to love along with us as they are.

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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