Monthly Archives: March 2015

Migratory

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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Tulips

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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Babies

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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