Gregory Orr Poems

Gregory Orr was born in 1947 and is the author of more than ten poetry collections. He’s also published volumes of essays and a memoir. His poetry has been translated into at least ten languages and is noted for its short lyrical style. He finds the transformative power of poetry to be a therapeutic means of expression.

Love Poem

by Gregory Orr

‘Love Poem’ by Gregory Orr is a short poem about a speaker’s imaginative telling of asking for someone’s phone number.

'Love Poem' by Gregory Orr is a good example of the author's ability to create resoundingly memorable scenes to punctuate his poem's themes and emotions. The brilliance of the poem lies mainly in its short simplicity: an unknown speaker relates a few fantastic scenes that end in an ironic twist. But hidden underneath the stunning images is an ironic visualization of how suddenly love can strike a person — and the idiosyncratic ways that emotion can unfold in our imagination.

Gathering the Bones Together

by Gregory Orr

The poem ‘Gathering the Bones Together’ describes the grief and trauma that Gregory Orr had to go through after accidentally killing his younger brother.

Origin of the Marble Forest

by Gregory Orr

‘Origin of the Marble Forest’ by Gregory Orr is an interesting and moving poem about someone’s past relationships. The speaker declares them “stone,” solidifying them in their life forever. 

Two Lines from the Brothers Grimm

by Gregory Orr

‘Two Lines from the Brothers Grimm’ by Gregory Orr is a short and impactful poem. In it, the speaker describes approaching dangers and the need to escape them with his sibling. 

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