Yearly Archives: 2016

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 […]

The Ashes We All Become – Jim Harrison, Grand Poet and Prolific Writer, Dead at Seventy Eight

Jim Harrison: author of twenty one works of fiction, two books of essays, fourteen poetry books (including Dead Man’s Float published this year), a cook book, a memoir and a […]

The Cost of Refusal – A Poem by Robert Bly (and another by Rilke)

What does refusal look like? Refusal to look at our shadow side, our rejected aspects, good and bad; and/or refusal to live on the borderlands of our lives, and past […]

Ross Gay Wins the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

The American poet Ross Gay ( 1974 – ) has won a lot of plaudits for his 2015 book Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude which won the 2016 Tufts Poetry Award, […]

Sing Your Song! Shed That Skin! Commencement Addresses With a Similar Difference – Patrick Lane and Amber Tamblyn

When I think back on commencement addresses I have sat through I think of shiny, successful speakers urging the grads on to scale great heights and capture their dreams. After […]

Poetry of Conscience and Witness – Part Two – Amber Tamblyn

Some say poetry does not have a role in documenting  and bearing witness to the injustice and suffering in our world. It is not a documentary art, I heard a […]

Poetry as Social Conscience – Part One – Sue Goyette and Amber Tamblyn

Poetry is language used with particular intensity. It is not, as many suppose decorative speech. Poets tell us what our eyes turned with too much gawking, and our ears dulled […]