Author Archives: Meryl

Monday poem

I was led to this poem by through essay. I love the ending especially. Trespassing Teens, the street, night nothing to do so they split off in two’s, find an ark  like Noah’s, unfinished. A wooden-frame, all two-by-fours and exposed … Continue reading

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Mother’s day

Rebecca Foust host a column on poetry every Sunday on Women’s Voices for Change, and this week, my poem about parenting is featured. A group of poems I’m happy to be a part of.

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A terrific essay

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Ted Gioia, an essayist who is right up there with my favorites. In “Bach at the Burger King,” he writes about the “weaponization of classical music” as well as … Continue reading

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No poem today

But the story of Annie Edson Taylor, who had her 15 minutes of fame in 1901, when she was 62, going over Niagara’s 160 foot Falls in a barrel of her own design, pumped full of oxygen and stuffed with … Continue reading

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From the NY Times Sunday Magazine last year

A friend sent me a copy of this poem by Nathan McClain, and I am just now getting around to posting it. He has some other interesting love elegies on his publications page, cited above. Love Elegy with Busboy The … Continue reading

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New, not necessarily better

I read the Wednesday food section of the NY Times and occasionally try one of the recipes. This week, I tried a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi for moussaka. I’ve been making moussaka for years based on a recipe by Craig … Continue reading

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What we think we know

I have read this poem by Heather McHugh several times in several places, but most recently as part of an essay in Sewanee Review. She says this about it: “I’ve read this poem now a hundred times to audiences…but I … Continue reading

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Elegies

I have been working on arranging a memorial at Marin Poetry Center for Linda Gregg, and also received word that my old friend died this week. So elegies are on my mind. Here is a beauty by Rachel Eliza Griffiths. … Continue reading

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A brilliant use of rhyme

Here is Padraig O’Tuama reading his poem, “Narrative Theology #2,” from his book, In the Shelter.

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Back on track

It was a crazy week, including travel to the writers conference in Portland, so I missed the Monday vitamin for all of you. But here you go with a lovely poem by Julie Bruck. Blue Heron Walking Not one of … Continue reading

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