Category Archives: Literature

Back in commission

It’s funny that we say “out of commission,” but rarely the opposite. In my case, I just had hip replacement surgery, and had a lot of worrying to do beforehand. I mean a LOT. But it turned out to be … Continue reading

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Frogs on Monday

I attended a poetry workshop on Saturday, and my favorite poem of the day was by Terry Lucas, the new Marin County poet laureate. I said in the workshop that I had recently read that by writing about a bad … Continue reading

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The Exemplary Sentence

There is a new book of Bette Howland’s stories out, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, and I immediately purchased a copy. Since posting about her last year, I have come to know her son, Jake, and was so pleased to … Continue reading

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Correction!

Here is last week’s poem as it’s supposed to be: 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 pipe dreams, she won’t … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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