Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 10 in a Series – Jim Harrison (again)

from After Ikkyu – 3 – I’ve wasted too much moonlight. Breast beating. I’ll waste no more moonlight, the moon bullied by clouds drifts west in her imponderable arc, snared […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – #9 in a Series – Jim Harrison

Zona My work piles up, I falter with disease. Time rushes toward me – it has no brakes. Still, the radishes are good this year. Run them through butter, add […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 8 in a Series – Gregory Orr

Note to self: remember What Emerson said of Thoreau— That he loved the low In nature: Muskrats And crickets, suckers And frogs. Not stars. Songs of the carnal, Songs of […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 7 in a Series – Robert Bly

Walking on the Shore in Late August I look out over the muddy lake. All at once I see a fin rise, what alertness! All my brain power pours toward […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 6 in a Series – Sean O’Brien

The Lost War The saved were all ingratitude, The lost would not lie down: Reborn, their sacred rage renewed, They razed the fallen town. And in the graveyard made their […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 5 in a Series – Patrick Lane

The White Box In the white box you keep hidden away a white salamander waits with a flame in his small hands. How bright the fire! How long his breath […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 4 in a Series – Tom Crawford

ZAZEN There is nothing out there to help you. The bird is inside. Pick up your brush, and maybe you should close your eyes. Tom Crawford from Caging the Robin, […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – #3 in a Series – Kevin Young

Grief In the night I brush my teeth with a razor Kevin Young from Book of Hours, Alfred A. Knopf, 2014 Grief The borrowed handkerchief where she wept returned to […]

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 2 in a Series – Heidi Garnett

Crane Red-winged blackbirds sway on willow branches. Air bends to accommodate the slight weight. Day dies in the west. The crane, rune for soul, spears a minnow with its dark […]

Celebrating the Bigness of Small Poems – # 1 in a Series – Jelaluddin Rumi

Listen to presences inside poems. Let them take you where they will. Follow these private hints and never leave the premises. Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), from Unseen Rain, trans. Coleman Barks […]