Category Archives: Literature

On the wall this month

We are rich in broadsides, those page-size, elegant, usually letterpress versions of a single poem designed to be framed on the wall. We keep one up in the guest bathroom and change it out regularly. This one by Charles Simic, … Continue reading

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Ilya Kaminsky

A fellow poet recommended his work to me, and I have been reading his book, Dancing in Odessa. Here’s a poem from that book that I really like: Envoi xxxxxxxxxxxxxxYou will die on a boat from Yalta to Odessa. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx–a … Continue reading

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Exemplary sentences

I am reading Adam Zagajewsky’s new book of essays–more really diary entries–called Slight Exaggeration. I’m a fan of both his prose and his poetry. His standard of literacy and breadth of knowledge is so high. I came across this passage, … Continue reading

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Waking to fog

After two summery days in a row the fog is back. It made me think of this by Marvin Bell: People Walking in Fog They try to watch themselves, drifting in a white sigh, the boats and trees, themselves, too, … Continue reading

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New work and old

I’m going to be reading at the Tiburon-Belvedere Library this Thursday, the 17th, at 7 pm. Mostly, I’m going to read new work. I’ve been writing some prose poems inspired by Carlo Rovelli’s wonderful books on physics. I’m including one … Continue reading

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Those long summer evenings

They are already growing shorter now, but this passage from Adam Zagajewski’s new book of essays, Slight Exaggeration, perfectly captures the experience of the long evenings–even longer in northern Europe: “And once again it was June–mild, long, slowly fading evenings, evenings … Continue reading

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Back from camping

I forgot to hang out my “Gone Camping” sign this year but now I’m back with a poem today from a book my granddaughter is reading, Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kuar. She cautioned me that some of the poems are … Continue reading

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Cherries

While there are many wonderful blackberry poems,  I know only three poems about cherries, all from previous centuries–one by Thomas Campion, one by Robert Herrick, and this one, by D. H. Lawrence, that Larry mentioned as we were eating the … Continue reading

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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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