Amanda Holmes

Amanda Holmes , the author of the novel I Know Where I Am When I’m Falling, is a book club facilitator for Fairfax County Public Library. Read her book reviews and feature column at the Washington Independent Review of Books.

“Summer in Calcutta” by Kamala Das

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, May 26, 2020

“The Trees” by Philip Larkin

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

“If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda

Poems read aloud, beautifully

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, May 12, 2020

“Postcard from Kashmir” by Agha Shahid Ali

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

“The Courage Of Shutting-Up” by Sylvia Plath

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, April 28, 2020

“Nod” by Walter de la Mare

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, April 21, 2020

“Because It’s Good to Keep Things Straight” by Kenneth Patchen

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, April 14, 2020

“Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, April 07, 2020

“Driving Glove” by Claudia Emerson

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“the lost baby poem” by Lucille Clifton

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, March 24, 2020

“Poetry, a Natural Thing” by Robert Duncan

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, March 17, 2020

“The Hard Question” by W. H. Auden

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

“Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich

A knife, a camera, a book of myths

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, March 03, 2020

“Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

“Birches” by Robert Frost

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

“I Knew a Woman” by Theodore Roethke

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, January 07, 2020

“Forgotten As If You Never Were” by Mahmoud Darwish

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, December 24, 2019

“The Listeners” by Walter de La Mare

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, December 31, 2019

“Love Poem” by Audre Lorde

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

“The Gravel Walks” by Seamus Heaney

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, February 04, 2020

“Advice to a Girl” by Sara Teasdale

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

“miss rosie” by Lucille Clifton

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

“Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School” by Jane Kenyon

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by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, December 17, 2019

An Excerpt from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

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by Amanda Holmes | Monday, December 09, 2019

“My November Guest” by Robert Frost

by Amanda Holmes | Monday, November 25, 2019

“Nirvana” by Charles Bukowski

“A poem of this caliber needs a revitalization”

by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 15, 2019

“Dungeon” by Rabindranath Tagore

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 08, 2019

“November Rain” by Jaroslav Seifert

For All Saints’ Day

by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 01, 2019

“[hist whist]” by E. E. Cummings

For the little ghosties and ghoulies on Halloween

by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 25, 2019

“The Life Beyond” by Rupert Brooke

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 18, 2019

“The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 11, 2019

“Lines to a Nasturtium” by Anne Spencer

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 04, 2019

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot

In honor of the poet’s 131st birthday

by Amanda Holmes | Thursday, September 26, 2019

“The Purist” by Ogden Nash

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, September 20, 2019

“Any Case” by Wislawa Szymborska

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, September 06, 2019

“Elderly Tears” by Leonardo Sinisgalli

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, August 30, 2019

“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, August 23, 2019

“I Remember” by Stevie Smith

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, August 16, 2019

“Archaic Torso of Apollo” by Rainer Maria Rilke

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, August 09, 2019

“227 (my darling since)” by E. E. Cummings

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, August 02, 2019

“60 yard pass” by Charles Bukowski

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, July 26, 2019

“An Essay on Man: Epistle 1” by Alexander Pope

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, July 19, 2019

“The Makers” by Howard Nemerov

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, July 12, 2019

“Our Casuarina Tree” by Toru Dutt

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, July 05, 2019

“Little Girl, My Stringbean, My Lovely Woman” by Anne Sexton

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, June 28, 2019

“Bessie Coleman Falling from the Sky” by Dolores Kendrick

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, June 21, 2019

An Excerpt from William Wordsworth’s Prelude

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, June 14, 2019

“The Troubles of a Book” by Laura Riding

by Amanda Holmes | Friday, June 07, 2019

“My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, May 31, 2019

“To a Poor Old Woman” by William Carlos Williams

by Amanda Holmes | Friday, May 17, 2019

“The Ups and Downs of the Elevator Car” by Caroline D. Emerson

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, May 10, 2019

“Aubade” by Philip Larkin

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, May 03, 2019

“Well, I have lost you” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, April 26, 2019

“I Am Not I” by Juan Ramón Jiménez

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, April 19, 2019

“Daffodils” by Ted Hughes

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, April 12, 2019

“Gus: the Theatre Cat” by T. S. Eliot

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, April 05, 2019

“Bessie Dreaming Bear” by Marnie Walsh

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, March 29, 2019

“To the Insects” by W. S. Merwin

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, March 22, 2019

“Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda

by Amanda Holmes | Friday, March 15, 2019

“Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, March 08, 2019

“Crossing the Bar ” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, March 01, 2019

“The Flea” by John Donne

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, February 08, 2019

“Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, February 22, 2019

“I shall forget you presently, my dear” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, February 15, 2019

“I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” by Emily Dickinson

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, February 01, 2019

“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, January 25, 2019

“Fever 103” by Sylvia Plath

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, January 18, 2019

“Lot’s Wife” by Anna Akhmatova

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, January 11, 2019

“Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, January 04, 2019

“The Planet on the Table” by Wallace Stevens

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, December 28, 2018

“The King’s Breakfast” by A. A. Milne

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, December 21, 2018

“Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 02, 2018

“To Be in Love” by Gwendolyn Brooks

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, December 14, 2018

“Church Going” by Philip Larkin

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, December 07, 2018

“The Pool” by H. D.

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 30, 2018

“The Sheep Child” by James Dickey

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 26, 2018

“One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 09, 2018

“The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” by Edward Lear

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, November 16, 2018

“The Waking” by Theodore Roethke

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 19, 2018

“The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 12, 2018

“Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith

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by Amanda Holmes | Friday, October 05, 2018

“Poetry” by Marianne Moore

Listen to the inaugural entry in our new series of poems read aloud, beautifully

by Amanda Holmes | Thursday, September 27, 2018