Monthly Archives: March 2017

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 98 today

Here’s to him! A huge force, if only for City Lights Books. Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) Constantly risking absurdity                                              and death             whenever he performs                                         above the heads                                                             of his audience    the poet like an acrobat                                  climbs on rime                                           to … Continue reading

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A rainy Monday and a little Stafford

This weekend, all the seedlings went into the ground and today it rained. More rain tomorrow. Occasionally things work out.  I felt like a Stafford poem today, and here is one, about practical necessity and what it costs us.

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B. H. Fairchild, a wonderful poet, will be reading at the North Berkeley Library on April 18th at 6 pm. Here is a long poem of his that I love. The image of Donatello’s David is mentioned in the poem, … Continue reading

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An exemplary sentence

I just finished The Story of a Brief Marriage, by Anuk Arudpragasam. I can’t say I read the whole book–a painful though extraordinary tour de force that covers one day through the eyes and voice of a young man in … Continue reading

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A Sonnet for Monday

Countee Culeen was born in 1909 and won acclaim in academia, yet strongly felt his roots in the world of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s. Here is a delicate sonnet of his, and if you want to hear a … Continue reading

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Planting by the moon

I have read that planting leafy vegetables at the new moon increases their productivity, but I never tried it until Monday, which was the new moon this month. I prepared about 100 little peat pots and planted lettuce, bok choi, tatsoi, … Continue reading

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