Monthly Archives: July 2019

What’s at Stake These Days When Writing Poems that Might Offend And a Poem as an Example by Keetje Kuipers

I buy my white daughter a black doll and she cries and she sleeps and she rides through our kitchen in a pink stroller. She takes a tiny bottle in her pursed lips, and every night she takes a bubble bath. As my daughter drapes a washcloth across her brown shoulders and down her delicately […]

A Celebration of Prosody – The Swoops of Ross Gay’s Breathless Sentences and a Meditation on Joy

And yet, and yet, when the cold makes brittle what remains—the spent okra stalk, the few pepper plants that hang on through the first two frosts, these little gold tomatoes—when it withers even the rogue amaranth, its tousled mane bent and defeated, when the silver maple out front has ceased whispering, and when the bullfrogs […]

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 […]