Category Archives: Poetry

No Mere Visitor to this Earth! R.I.P. Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door […]

In Honour of the 92nd Anniversary of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Death Yesterday Three Marvellous Rilkean Knockoffs by Vuong, Oliver and Hayes

Archaic Torso of Apollo We cannot know his legendary head with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso is still suffused with brilliance from inside, like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low, gleams in all its power. Otherwise the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could a smile […]

A Poem by Sir Geoffrey Hill In Memory of Andrew Parker – Priest and Poet

7 Lachrimae Amantis (Tears of the Lover) What is there in my heart that you should sue so fiercely for its love? What kind of care brings you as though a stranger to my door through the long night and in the icy dew seeking the heart that will not harbor you, that keeps itself […]

Laura Kasischke – Her Poetic Thrills and Chills!

MASKS At the grocery store today— these meteors and angels, wise men and all the beautiful hallucinations of December, wearing the masks of the Ordinary, the Annoyed, the Tired. The Disturbed. The Sane. Only the recovering addict with his bucket and bell has dared to come here without one. He is Salvation. His eyes have […]

Priest and Poet – Andy Parker – 1957-2018

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 […]