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“A Mercy” by Sharon Olds

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Just before I roost

The European starling was first introduced to North America by the American Acclimatization Society, which wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to this continent. The starling is mentioned in Henry IV, Part I— Hotspur (Henry Percy) says, … Continue reading

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“Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913” by Martin Espada

Vivas to those who have fail’d!                                                                                                      And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!                                                                      And to those themselves who sank in the sea!                                                                            And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!                                 And the numberless unknown heroes … Continue reading

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…with promises to stay in touch

I had brunch today with a student I taught many years ago. She is presently getting her PhD at Columbia in NY in English (Modern poetry and 19th c literature of the Americas). Her orals are in April and then … Continue reading

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“To the Garbage Collectors in Bloomington, Indiana, the First Pickup of the New Year” by Phillip Appleman

(the way bed is in winter, like an aproned lap,     like furry mittens,     like childhood crouching under tables) The Ninth Day of Xmas, in the morning black outside our window: clattering cans, the whir of a hopper, shouts, … Continue reading

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1,199,232,000 seconds have passed

Christmas Day full moon. An impressive photo that JB took last night just after we finished dinner. 38 years ago was the last time there was a full moon on Christmas. 13,880 days have passed since that date. 1,199,232,000 seconds … Continue reading

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“We Light These Lights: A New Hanerot Hallelu Prayer for Hanukkah” by Rabbi Brant Rosen

We light these lights for the instigators and the refusers the obstinate and unyielding for the ones who kept marching the ones who tended the fires the ones who would not bow down. We light these lights for the sparks … Continue reading

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