Yearly Archives: 2018

Priest and Poet – Andy Parker – 1956-2018

The Triumph of Love from CXLVIII So – Croker, MacSikker, O’Shem – I ask you what are poems for? They are to console us with their own gift, which is like perfect pitch. Let us commit that to our dust. What ought a poem to be? Answer, a sad and angry consolation. What is the […]

Everything Waits For Us – A Reminder by Greek Poet Elias Polimeneas

What is next Next is what is called New. For everything is patiently awaiting us. – Allow me please, to make you a coat said the craftsman’s wife. And then… She skillfully managed to place inside the stiches all the communions of her life. Elias Polimeneas from Like bridges, 2012 Here in Kardamyli, Greece a […]

Words that Fly Through Our Minds in the Dark! Capture Them! A Poem by Denise Levertov

Writing in the Dark It’s not difficult. Anyway, it’s necessary. Wait till morning, and you’ll forget. And who knows if morning will come. Fumble for the light, And you’ll be Stark awake, but the vision Will be fading, slipping Out of reach. You must have paper at hand, A felt-tip pen, ballpoints don’t always flow, […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 42 in a Series – Patrizia Cavalli’s Honeyed Dome

What is lost is returned to me, what is far away is near me today, Whether you’re here, wherever you are, doesn’t matter today, today I am held within a honeyed dome that dampens and mingles the surging skein of sounds. I am inside and the outside enters me. Patrizia Cavalli, trans.J.D. McClatchy, from my […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 42 in a Series – Ellen Doré Watson – She Wants Eager

Word Nightsmell of sweet-aged wood, and curtains are a breathing. Wet palm of wave gentle-slaps thighsand. Not like yesterday’s brutal. The ribs of the room with their generous. Resting places. I understand where charity comes from but clarity? (No no-see-ums here in the white float of almost sleep.) Looking for a word, I’ve stepped into […]

Celebrating Wedding Vows! Two Poems by Crozier and Lane

A poet friend of mine is getting married today. And in a brief text exchange she invited me to remember how I felt the day I took my vows with my wife Somae. A great reminder of that day for me and the grace those vows have brought into my life. Thank you M. And […]

My Poetry Retreat in Umbria a Week Away! But First: A Poem from Last Year by Tonya Lailey

Outrider her soul goes ahead to Umbria a slow traveller on horseback by boat in turns sends a note home after a few days don’t worry I’ve prepared a place for you there’s a hook for your coral necklace a bedside perch for your notebook a casement window open to a line for drying your […]

For Sunday Three God Poems – Akbar, Tsvetaeva, Crozier

American/Iranian poet Kaveh Akbar Learning to Pray My father moved patiently cupping his hands beneath his chin, kneeling on a janamaz then pressing his forehead to a circle of Karbala clay. Occasionally he’d glance over at my clumsy mirroring, my too-big Packers T-shirt and pebble-red shorts, and smile a little, despite himself. Bending there with […]

With Death Looming, Two Astonishing Poems of Presence – Mandelstam and Stafford

AND I WAS ALIVE And I was alive in the blizzard of the blossoming pear, Myself I stood in the storm of the bird-cherry tree. It was all leaflife and starshower, unerring, self-shattering power, And it was all aimed at me. What is this dire delight flowering fleeing always earth? What is being? What is […]

Tom Crawford – R.I.P. – 1939-May 2018

How to Draw a Better Bird Resist eloquence. Get mad. If your bird is the snowy Clark’s Grebe, if that’s your bird, the one out there sitting on its eggs in a floating nest – stunning bird, serene bird – if that’s all you see, then it’s no good. You might just as well take […]