Category Archives: poetry

“Choices We Make When We Are Too Young To Make Them” by Lois Parker Edstrom

Evenings at the table with my father, stewing over algebraic equations, chemical reactions, my young life sloped toward science and healing. He didn’t recognize, nor did I, how I fingered letters the way the devout touch prayer beads, that I … Continue reading

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“Relax” by Ellen Bass

Bad things are going to happen. Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue cashmere sweater in the … Continue reading

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“The Man with the Beautiful Eyes” by Charles Bukowski

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“Nobody’s Sonnet” by Kurt Olssun

as it appeared in The New Republic, October 21, 2009.

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Emily Rose at Green Mill

Sunday night we went to the Green Mill for Emily Rose’s promotion of her new poetry book Mouthy. Her presentation was preceded by the weekly poetry slam. The Green Mill is over 100 years old and has an edgy history. … Continue reading

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“Still Life with Gratitude” by Dean Rader

One day, the scientists tell us, every star in the universe will burn out, the galaxies gradually blackening until the last light flares and falls returning the all to darkness where it will remain until the end of what we … Continue reading

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Private Diamonds

JB sent the following to me yesterday accompanied by his photograph (above) taken in our wet west garden: Private Diamonds Pain guides our lives very well. Take the stone from your shoe and by a miracle it replaces itself, a … Continue reading

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