Yearly Archives: 2019

The Extraordinary Poetry of Two Tormented Poets and Lovers – Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan

The Respite A harder time is coming. The end of the respite allowed us appears on the skyline. Soon you must tie your shoelace and drive back the dogs to the marshland farms. For the fishes’ entrails have grown cold in the wind. Poorly the light of the lupins burns. Your gaze gropes in the […]

What a Feast of New Poems! The La Romita En Plein Air Poetry Retreat June 22nd to July 2nd, 2019

Was it only last Sunday we were here in the hill town of Narni? And wrote our next to last poem based on postcards with images taken from space  of our solar system and stars and constellations hundreds of light years away. The challenge: to write a poem that connects the the far-away images to […]

Death by Addiction – A Searing Poetic Memoir by Sheryl St. Germain

Loving An Addict Yesterday the skies were troubled gusts almost knocked us down today the sun, the kiss of a breeze it was always fights or lies Maybe at the end I preferred the lies Sheryl St. Germain from The Small Door of Your Death, Autumn House Press, 2018 The absolute helplessness of of someone […]

Two Roads to Take – One Truly Up, One Tragically Down – Poetry for Recovery

The Addiction Room The room is dark. There are four walls a top and a bottom. I am trapped. I can’t get out and sometimes in that darkness I don’t want out, sometimes I love feeling trapped, like the room has somehow stayed safe. I cannot get out and more importantly, no one can get […]

Poem as a White Raven Released from Darkness – The Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku

Waiting for a Poem I’m waiting for a poem, something rough, not elaborate or out of control, something undisturbed by curses, like a white raven released from darkness. Words that come naturally, without aiming at anything, a bullet without a target, warning shots to the sky in newly occupied lands. A poem that will well […]

The Incense of J’Adore. A Poem for Mother’s Day by the Sierra Lorean-American Poet Yalie Kamara

  THURIBLE “I’ll be loving you until the day that you are me and I am you.” — Stevie Wonder I know that homesickness is born from distance and that distance cures home sickness. And that rage is a big calcified hut of a heart with one door, two rooms and a half-opened window. And […]

The Only Whole Thinking – Poetry! Another Farewell to a Poet – Les Murray 1938-2019

Poetry And Religion Religions are poems. They concert our daylight and dreaming mind, our emotions, instinct, breath and native gesture into the only whole thinking: poetry. Nothing’s said till it’s dreamed out in words and nothing’s true that figures in words only. A poem, compared with an arrayed religion, may be like a soldier’s one […]

Celebrating Death in Life – A Poem by Sam Hamill

The Orchid Flower Just as I wonder whether it’s going to die, the orchid blossoms and I can’t explain why it moves my heart, why such pleasure comes from one small bud on a long spindly stem, one blood red gold flower opening at mid-summer, tiny, perfect in its hour. Even to a white- haired […]

Tender Regret – A Poem by Tony Hoagland (1953-2018) – #6 in a Series – A Way To Say Farewell and Thank You

MESSAGE TO A FORMER FRIEND I just wanted to write and say, in case you are hit tomorrow by a truck or are swept from the beach by a freak wave; or in case your ex-wife decides to take her own life right after taking yours; or in case you go to the doctor, who […]

Tonight, the Memorial for Patrick Lane (1939-2019) – This Morning, Remembering an E-Mail Correspondence from Fourteen Years Ago

So this is it, Lane. Not a living wake, but a celebration of all your living. And this is only the beginning. Wait until you’re dead. Susan Musgrave, editor, from You Loved Being a Stranger – 55 Poets Celebrate Patrick Lane, Harbour Publishing, 1994 There are times when I no longer know if what I […]