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“Sapphics Against Anger” by Timothy Steele

Angered, may I be near a glass of water; May my first impulse be to think of Silence, Its deities (who are they? do, in fact, they                Exist? etc.). XXX May I recall what Aristotle says of The subject: to … Continue reading

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“Today” by Mary Oliver

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. … Continue reading

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Three Passover poems shared by three friends

On the second night of Passover, three Passover poems shared by friends: The first by Jane Hirshfield: xxxx In a Room with Five People, Six Griefs In a room with five people, six griefs. Some you will hear of, some not. … Continue reading

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Understanding Poetry

xxxx And the poem that inspired the above, “The New Poetry Handbook,” by Mark Strand xxxx 1 If a man understands a poem, he shall have troubles. 2 If a man lives with a poem, he shall die lonely. 3 … Continue reading

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“Little Song of the Mutilated”

Tonight was the 18th annual French recital where the 8th grade students recited French poems, acted out scenes in French, and performed the music of French composers. The ambiance of the room was very cafe-like (flowers and candles on the … Continue reading

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“Onset” by Kim Addonizio

Watching that frenzy of insects above the bush of white flowers, bush I see everywhere on hill after hill, all I can think of is how terrifying spring is, in its tireless, mindless replications. Everywhere emergence: seed case, chrysalis, uterus, … Continue reading

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“The New Rule” by Rumi

It’s the old rule that drunks have to argue and get into fights. The lover is just as bad. He falls into a hole. But down in that hole he finds something shining, worth more than any amount of money … Continue reading

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“Walking Alone in Late Winter” by Jane Kenyon

How long the winter has lasted—like a Mahler symphony, or an hour in the dentist’s chair. In the fields the grasses are matted and gray, making me think of June, when hay and vetch burgeon in the heat, and warm … Continue reading

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“Yard Sale” by George Bilgere

Someone is selling the Encyclopedia Britannica in all its volumes, which take up a whole card table. It looks brand new, even though it must be sixty years old. That’s because it was only used a couple of times, when the … Continue reading

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“Fado” by Jane Hirshfield

A man reaches close and lifts a quarter from inside a girl’s ear, from her hands takes a dove she didn’t know was there. Which amazes more, you may wonder: the quarter’s serrated murmur against the thumb or the dove’s … Continue reading

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