Yearly Archives: 2022

The Guest Poetry Blog Series #3 – Introducing the Third Contributor, Canadian Poet and Sommelier, Tonya Lailey – Part One of Two

The Cat Comes to Me —after Heather McHugh The future looks like death to me from here standing behind you, in the musty basement where the cat is cornered. You think on your feet, quickly engineer a noose from a sponge mop and silicone rope – medieval design, cheap modern materials. The cat protests wildly, […]

The Guest Poetry Blog Series # 2 – Daniel Scott Features Canadian BIPOC Poet Chantal Gibson – Part Two of Two

( EDITOR’S NOTE: Please excuse the distortions in some of the photographed images of Chantal’s poems in this blog post.) Chantal Gibson from with/holding, Caitlin Press, 2021 Although we have a rich and vibrant poetry community in Canada with voices from a wide range of social locations, perspectives and poetic genres represented, we do not […]

The Guest Poetry Blog Series #2 – Introducing the Second Contributor, Canadian Poet (Among Many Other Varied Life Roles!) Daniel Scott– Part One of Two

“Please allow me to introduce myself” sang the Rolling Stones a long time ago. And so here is some background on me: Daniel Scott. I am husband ( married to Christine) father, grandfather and twice retired – once as an academic and the second time after a stint of 6 years as Artistic Director of […]

S Is For Snake – A Poem by Terry Ann Carter in the Voice of the Virtuoso Artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

                The Alphabet of Tarot (from the Diary of Niki de Saint Phalle) All day I have been in my body. At night my skull. The architecture of my mind is a building of letters. Flying, lying low, on its side A V represents a bird. The tarot […]

They Would Write About It!!! – A Tribute to Sharon Olds and Muriel Rukeyser

Physician You sit at the head of the table. You say you have wanted to write about— not depression, it is worse than that, it is rock bottom: the frightfulness. People don’t like to hear about it, you say to a friend. People don’t like to read about it, he answered— and then you knew […]

From May 2022, The La Romita 2020 Online Poetry Community’s Kaminsky Prompt Poems – Part Four

                                          A City Like a Guillotine Shivers on Its Way to the Neck — Ilya Kaminsky from A City Like a Guillotine Shivers on its Way to the Neck from Deaf Republic, Graywolf Press, 2019 […]

From May 2022, The La Romita 2020 Online Poetry Community’s Kaminsky Prompt Poems – Part Three

What something in me listens —after Ilya Kaminsky I try to hear the people breathing in parkades and the sound of talking over Molotov cocktails over making them and later the fhhhhhh shatter whoosh of the toss and the blaze in the street I don’t like to play the video footage the sound a peephole […]

From May 2022, The La Romita 2020 Online Poetry Community’s Kaminsky Prompt Poems – Part Two

REMAIN SILENT (With thanks to Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic) Deafness passes through us like a police whistle Dogs understand everything and bark and bark Ilya Kaminsky from the poem Alfonso Stands Answerable from Deaf Republic, Graywolf Press, 2019 Teaching Dwight Not to bark when he sees Not to bark when he hears As a service […]

From May 2022, The La Romita 2020 Online Poetry Community’s Kaminsky Prompt Poems – Part One

For Ukraine, Listen You are alive, I whisper to myself, therefore something in you listens — Ilya Kaminsky from the poem Alfonso, In Snow from Deaf Republic You tell me you don’t recognize your life that you hear even fear is prohibited so you hold yours close. You are running, always running,  away from all […]

Rosemary Griebel’s Guest Poetry Blog, Part Two – Praise and Lamentation in the Poetry Collection “God of Nothingness” by American Poet Mark Wunderlich

from A DRIFTLESS SON It came to me to sell the family farm, shift its failures to a man who planned to occupy the place for recreation, to hunt the deer that spook and shadow in the pines, my job to consign to another my granddad’s stunted grove of walnuts planted—against the forester’s advice — […]