Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lane and Berry Redux – Two More Poems

Here are two more poems by Patrick Lane and Wendell Berry. Nothing scientific about the choices of poems. Just that these are poems I keep coming back to. Can’t let go. I’ve long cherished Berry’s poem Marriage and its scope in trying to capture the complexities of that strange and wonderful institution. The poem has flashes of […]

Wendell Berry and Patrick Lane — How Darkness Comes Into The World — Part Two

In Part One of this post I discussed the striking similarities between two, in some aspects, very different poems by Wendell Berry ( A Poem On Hope) and Patrick Lane (Cougar). In Part Two I wanted to feature the full-length version of Berry’s poem and the recent convocation address by Lane that, in some ways, […]

Wendell Berry and Patrick Lane – How Darkness Comes Into the World – Part One

In an introduction to a poetry reading a few years ago Wendell Berry was described as a human treasure. This teacher, farmer and prolific writer of  more than forty books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction is all that and more. Truly, he is one of the world’s  “elders”, one of our “wise ones”. All the more […]

2014 Skagit River Poetry Festival – A Must-Attend Event!

IOWA, JANUARY In the long winter nights, a farmer’s dreams are narrow. Over and over, he enters the furrow. Robert Hass (1941 – ) from Time and Materials, Ecco Press, 2007 When I Sleep When I sleep the birds come to the garden With their gifts of seeds out of ice. Last year’s leaves of […]