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March 14, 2018
I Will Sing Your Praise
For a few years in the late 1990s, early 2000s, I brought a book of...
March 01, 2018
The Spirituality of Sestinas
Several months ago, I found myself struggling with my hair—namely, snapping off my split ends...
February 20, 2018
A Conversation with Marilyn Nelson: Part 2
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks. Her honors...
February 19, 2018
A Conversation with Marilyn Nelson: Part 1
The daughter of a Tuskegee Airman and a teacher, Marilyn Nelson was brought up primarily on...
January 19, 2018
Poetry Friday: “Sometimes I Am Permitted”
On my first reading of this poem, I felt disoriented by all the non sequiturs,...
January 12, 2018
Poetry Friday: “Sabbath”
Sabbath as beloved bride and queen: familiar tropes in Jewish liturgy and thought. Now, thanks...
January 05, 2018
Poetry Friday: “Birth/Rebirth”
In advent and the beginning of a new year, I tend to think a lot...
November 24, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Saint Francis Appears at the Scene of an Accident, Then Joins the Murmuration”
Reflecting on a strange or disturbing story as a distant narrator can often have a...
November 02, 2017
The Poetry of Richard Wilbur
I don’t remember when I first starting reading Richard Wilbur’s poetry. But his death on...
November 01, 2017
Remembering Richard Wilbur (1921-2017), Part 2
Richard Wilbur was always a formalist at heart, but one attuned to the rhythms of...
October 31, 2017
Remembering Richard Wilbur (1921-2017), Part 1
It was back in the summer of 1995 during Image’s Glen Workshop that I had...
September 29, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Underwhelmed”
Put on your hiking books and grab your compass, magnifying glass, and shovel: this poem...
September 22, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Cellar Door”
I love poems that stitch together memories from opposite ends of a lifetime, connecting them...
September 15, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Medieval Miniatures: Entry into Jerusalem”
Dan Murphy has written a series of poems inspired by medieval miniatures: those marvelously detailed...
September 08, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Russian Bell”
In this stirring poem by Anya Silver, the bell becomes a blueprint. First, the bell...
September 01, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Psalm of Your Face”
“Lord, let…”: this is how nearly every sentence of Nicholas Samaras’s “The Psalm of Your...
August 25, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Love’s Alchemy”
The first thing I’m drawn in by in Margaret Rabb’s “Love’s Alchemy” is the lusciousness...
August 18, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Fire Tower”
This summer is marked by smoke, our town covered in an urgent haze from nearby...
August 11, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Psalm as Frustration I Can Live With”
Like the biblical psalms, Nicholas Samaras’s “Psalm as Frustration I Can Live With” speaks for...
July 27, 2017
Still Pilgrim. Just the title of Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s new poetry collection makes you pause....
July 07, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Field”
I find solace in the natural world, in those precious moments alone, outside, away from...
July 06, 2017
How To Intuit a Book Title
How do poets and writers choose their book titles? I didn’t have a good answer...
June 30, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Fawn”
Narrative poetry has its special challenge: how does it differentiate itself from prose? David Mason’s...
June 23, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Japanese Wall Hanging”
I find myself reading this poem both literally and as a metaphor for our lives....
June 19, 2017
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
If you want to be submerged in the depths of Jewish spirituality, this is the...
June 16, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Prayer”
I used to collect poems that are prayers, so Sharon Cumberland’s “Prayer” immediately leapt out...
June 02, 2017
Poetry Friday: “June Prayer”
How to pray for someone bent over by grief when nature is stretching upward in...
May 26, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Key”
I love this poem for its exuberance. The fat bee, “big as a blackberry,” bumping...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
May 12, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Rain”
The emotional landscape of motherhood can often be hard to describe and is underrepresented in...
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