Monthly Archives: March 2015


Next week I’m heading to New York for the William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest reading. Mark Doty will be the featured reader.  He’s a marvelous poet.  Here’s  one of my favorites of his poems. Migratory Near evening, in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, seventeen … Continue reading

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The perfect poached egg

I’ve tried many methods to poach eggs, but this one seems foolproof, from Julia Child via the NY Times: Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Have a bowl of ice water at hand. Punch a tiny hole … Continue reading

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They are filling the Sunday market here, confirming spring. I decided to look for a poem about tulips for today, and came up with this. I especially like the tulip verse: The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and … Continue reading

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Irish poems

The Irish Times has been running a contest to select the 100 best loved Irish poems (chosen by whomever responds, I guess). You can read the results here. Not surprisingly, Yeats, Heaney, and Kavanagh populate the top ten. But here’s a poem from … Continue reading

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Do you remember the seven eggs that the silkie hen hatched? Five of those chicks turned out to be  roosters! Beautiful as they were, they had to go. In their place, I got three 3-week old hens from Craigs’ list. Their breed … Continue reading

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An exemplary sentence

Although I primarily know him as a poet, I love Adam Zagewski’s prose. Here is a snippet from his memoir of his student days in Krakow, Another Beauty,  beautifully translated by Clare Cavanagh. It’s about the cleaning lady for his student apartment: She … Continue reading

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A delightful reading

Last week I drove down to Stanford to hear Ellen Bryant Voigt read. I had heard of her, but not read much of her work. It was worth the long drive through the increasingly dense traffic of the Bay Area. The … Continue reading

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Spring training

Larry has been waiting longingly for the baseball season to start, and today when I went in to his office to discuss breakfast, he was staring mournfully at his computer. “I can’t figure out what A’s games are going to … Continue reading

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Befriending Frankenstein

I have been reading Tony Hoagland’s newest book of essays, Twenty Poems that Could Save America (published by Graywolf Press, a wonderful imprint). In his first essay, “Je Suis ein Americano: the Genius of American Diction,” he talks about the current direction … Continue reading

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Ukiyo-e at the Asian Art Museum

Last week, a new show of wood block prints, scrolls and artifacts from Japan’s “floating world” opened at the Asian Art Museum. The wood block prints are from a collection donated to the museum by the widow of Robert Grabhorn, … Continue reading

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