Author Archives: Meryl

Maggie Smith on Monday

I happened on this poem last week, and here it is for you: Good Bones Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways, a thousand … Continue reading

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The Exemplary Sentence: Primo Levi

At a friend’s suggestion, I have been reading Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table. I rather skimmed through the early chapters about his relatives, but once I got to the chapter on Hydrogen, I was hooked. This is not a book … Continue reading

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Monday on Tuesday

Once again, Monday slipped by me before I could post a poem, here are two worth waiting for. Everyone thinks of Philip Levine as the poetic champion of the blue-collar worker, but I vote for Dorianne Laux. The Shipfitter’s Wife … Continue reading

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After the Solstice

I always feel the turn of the year after the summer solstice. Even though it is still bright summer, each day is a little shorter now, the early spring crops are over, and I get an acute sense of the … Continue reading

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The exemplary sentence

I’m thinking I should call this “the exemplary paragraph” as it’s usually more than one sentence that catches my eye… but of course the paragraph is made up of sentences. In this case from three books I read recently. But … Continue reading

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Will you still need me…

I was with my 5-year old grandson this weekend, and my daughter (probably for my sake) put on a Beatles playlist. I remarked to her that that song, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m … Continue reading

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Fred Marchant

My mind works this way, too. Here is What the Mind Does when my laptop opens to a small red car a tight street in Jenin gray-yellow dust an electric window half-open and five lean-to cards where on each a … Continue reading

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A poem online

One of my poems appears here today:  https://writinginawomansvoice.blogspot.com/  If you don’t see it, search for “Conservation of Matter.” A spot worth checking out from time to time. I like Beate’s taste in poetry, and not just because she likes my … Continue reading

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The newest addition to my cooking

We have been following the advice of Dr. Cowan for almost 10 years now, ever since Larry came down with several mysterious and serious health issues in 2009. Dr. Cowan was the only one who came up with a coherent … Continue reading

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Monday poem

Last week I opened The Dead and the Living, an older book of poems by Sharon Olds, to find this gem: Six-Year Old Boy We get to the country late at night in late May, the darkness is warm and … Continue reading

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