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“How to Survive in Prison: A Brief History of My First Twenty-Three Years at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women” by Yvette M. Louisell

  How to Survive in Prison: A Brief History of My First Twenty-Three Years at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women 1988:  Pretend you’re not really in prison. 1989:  Pretend you’re not really in prison for life. Sleep as much as … Continue reading

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“My Skeleton” by Jane Hirshfield

My skeleton, who once ached with your own growing larger, are now, each year imperceptibly smaller, lighter, absorbed by your own concentration. When I danced, you danced. When you broke, I. And so it was lying down, walking, climbing the … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s favorite poem

Lincoln wrote about this poem, “Mortality” by William Knox (Scottish poet 1789-1825), to his friend Andrew Johnston (not Johnson!): I would give all I am worth, and go in debt, to be able to write so fine a piece as I … Continue reading

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Breakfast with a Mourning Cloak

During our breakfast on the back porch this morning, a Mourning Cloak alighted on the Silver Maple to bask in the sun. The is the first butterfly we have seen since last year. The Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis Antiopa, 1758 by … Continue reading

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65

65 is the magic constant of a 5 x 5 normal magic square. The Silence of the Lambs is the 65th movie on the AFI’s list of best films. 65 is the smallest integer that can be expressed as a … Continue reading

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“Shirt” by Robert Pinsky

The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams, The nearly invisible stitches along the collar Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians  xxx Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break Or talking money or politics while one fitted … Continue reading

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“Grace Paley” by John Skoyles

At Sarah Lawrence, a student gripes that each morning when she tries to write, nothing happens. She sits and sits, and files her nails. Sips more coffee, types a bit, gets up to spray her failing plants. “Grace,” she asks … Continue reading

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