Monthly Archives: January 2022

Poetry as Devotion, Prayer and Wholeness – The Poetry of Jennifer Grotz – And Quotes on Poetry by Rosemary Griebel and Juleta Seversen-Baker

  Poetry, in both its creation and the reading of it, insists on careful listening. Careful listening opens a space for the soul, for revelation, for wholeness. Poems are glimpses of wholeness. —Juleta Severson-Baker, Calgary-based poet and educator who teaches at the Calgary Arts Academy and Mount Royal University. Poetry matters because it is one […]

To Celebrate the Wonder-Filled Life of Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022) – A Poem of Jane Hirschfield and One of Mine

A Golden Shovel to Celebrate the Life of Thich Nhat Hanh The most beautiful place of Heaven is on Earth. —Thich Nhat Hanh from This Moment is Full of Wonders, Chronicle Books, 2015 Breathing in, I calm my body Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment. […]

I Turn Towards Words – A Tribute for Robert Jensen, American Artist, Dear Friend

Come, let us spread a picnic on the precipice, Eat, drink be merry with our back to the abyss, Till in that dusk when Bats cannot be told from the Swallows, Gifts from threats, we’ll banish solemn songs like this. This is our hopeless heaven these flowers our eyes have watered, Wine drawn from our […]

For Epiphany (January 6th): Martha Royea’s Refreshing Poetic Take on T.S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi”

The Return Journey — After T.S. Eliot, The Journey of the Magi “They’re coming! They’re coming back!” I went shouting, skirts flying and my hair not combed; I ran to the barns to tell father, and then to the cookhouse, and then to shoo the gambling men from the doorway again, and light the lamps, […]

Ugly, Ugly, Ugly – Terrance Hayes’s Gorgeous New Year Poem!!!

American Sonnet for the New Year things got terribly ugly incredibly quickly things got ugly embarrassingly quickly actually things got ugly unbelievably quickly honestly things got ugly seemingly infrequently initially things got ugly ironically usually awfully carefully things got ugly unsuccessfully occasionally things got ugly mostly painstakingly quietly seemingly things got ugly beautifully infrequently things […]