Monthly Archives: June 2018

See You in Italy in October?

I am pleased to announce that my October poetry retreat En Plein Air, in Umbria, Italy is a go! For details see above in Upcoming Events! I am also very happy to say we have a few spots left. If you have any interest please let me know asap!

The Bigness of Small Poems – #41 in a Series – Adelia Prado Unvarnished

Object of Affection What I have to tell you is of such high order and so precious that if I kept to myself it would feel like stealing; the asshole is beautiful! Make what you will of this gift. As for me – grateful to know this, I feel not forgiveness but love. Adelia Prado […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 40 in a Series – The Gift of Czeslaw Milosz

Gift A day so happy Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers There was nothing on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no one worth my envying him. Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot. To think that once I was the same man did not embarrass […]

Poems for the Summer Solstice – # 2 in a Series – W.S. Merwin

Summer Be of this brightness dyed Whose unrecking fever Flings gold before it goes Into voids finally That have no measure. Bird-sleep, moonset, Island after island, Be of their hush On this tide that balance A time, for a time. Islands are not forever, Nor this light again, Tide-set, brief summer, Be of their secret […]

Flying Poetic Kites for Father’s Day – Poems by Heaney and Stafford

Father and Son No sound—a spell—on out where the wind went, our kite sent back its thrill along the string that sagged and sang and said, “I’m here! I’m here”—till broke somewhere, gone years ago, but sailed forever clear of earth. I hold—whatever tugs the other end—I hold that string. William Stafford from Stories That […]

Poems for the Summer Solstice – 1st in a Series -Don’t Leave Before You Leave – A Poetic Reminder by Barb Pelman

Why is it I think only of the light Leaving? Soon, after the longest day We head toward the dark. “Don’t leave Before you leave”, the wise poet tells us, But I have already packed my bags, changed my address, ordered the taxi. Barbara Pelman, unpublished, with permission, 2018 The upcoming summer solstice has been […]

A New Book by Randy Lundy and a Reminder of my Italian Poetry Retreat This October

ANOTHER SEASON Buds on the mountain ash this spring a green paler than you have ever seen. Sunlight, blackbird singing. What more could you ask friend? Pilgrim, what more? Randy Lundy from Blackbird Song, University of Regina Press, 2018 Found this big little poem in a new collection (his third) by Canadian poet Randy Lundy. […]