“In Search of ‘Desiderata'” my essay on the Max Ehrmann classic poem, is now up on the Poetry Foundation website.
I did a lot of journalismy work for this one: interviews, a trip to Indiana. And a lot of online scouring for all the different iterations of a poem that has made its way through so many corners of popular culture.
Here’s a YouTube list of different readings and settings.
And here’s a Spotify playlist with different musical “Desiderata” set to music. It’s gonna start off funky and smooth, so be ready.