Author Archives: Meryl

Anyone who writes can appreciate this

from an interview with Troy Jollimore, poet and philosopher: What lessons were most important to you as a student of writing? I think what I most needed to learn was that the fact that I sometimes, indeed often, wrote things … Continue reading

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When Larry notices the garden

you know it has to be spectacular. Mostly, he doesn’t pay any attention to it except to ask for a handful of herbs or spinach. Right now, though, after the rainy winter and a few weeks of sun, it is … Continue reading

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Poems at Mill Valley Library

Last week the Marin Poetry Center cosponsored an event called “Stump the Laureate,” at which volunteers from the audience recited poems, and Dana Gioia, the California poet laureate, alternated with the audience, poem for poem. The idea was to keep … Continue reading

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Larry and the P40

When he was a boy, Larry lived near a vacant lot with an the chassis of an old P40 airplane that he and the other boys played on, pretending to be pilots, fighting enemies. He grew up near Camp Pendleton … Continue reading

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It’s been a really long time since I had an invention to post, but this week, with the return of the sun came the return of my shade problem.  We have a deck with a great view. Lovely to sit … Continue reading

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One from Szymborska

When we were in Krakow two years ago, we went to an exhibit at the National Museum called “Szymborska’s Drawer.” It was a recreation of the home office of the Polish poet, Wislawa Szymborska. It had her desk, her yellow typewriter, her … Continue reading

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Monday Poem

I’ve mentioned the Poem-a-Day from the Academy of American Poets before. Last week, I saw one by Mark Wunderlich that I liked. I didn’t know his work, so read further and found this one, my favorite of the ones on the … Continue reading

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April is the cruelest month, but also, ironically?, poetry month. In any case every night this week has a poetry event I’m attending. So far the highlight has been a spectacular reading at the North Berkeley Library by B.H. Fairchild. Fairchild has … Continue reading

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Baby chicks

I really can’t resist them, so when my Silkie hen began sitting on eggs, I isolated her and let her think she was hatching them. Three weeks later I went to the feed store and bought six baby chicks. That night … Continue reading

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About the hats, and more than the hats

If you don’t get enough poetry here, you can sign up with the Academy ofAmerican Poets ( and get a poem every day in your email. This is one that arrived a couple of weeks ago, for all those who knit … Continue reading

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