Category Archives: Poetry

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Children’s Poetry

I’ve been thinking a lot about rhyme lately, how it’s almost impossible to write a contemporary poem with conventional rhyme, but songs and nursery rhymes still rely on rhyme. Children especially love rhyme, and some of my favorite children’s poetry … Continue reading

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Monday poem

This was one of the poetry selections by the American Academy of Poets for Mother’s Day–it seems to me a sort of love poem from a mother to a teenage child. I like its strange title. Hours Days Years Unmoor … Continue reading

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Poem in your pocket

3Poetry month just ended, and the Berkeley Library printed some wonderful poems by local poets. When soliciting work, they sent out a sample of last year’s choices and I liked this one by Ed Hirsch: Cotton Candy We walked on … Continue reading

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Essy Stone

Thanks to a workshop with David St. John, I heard about a poet who is currently his student at USC. Essy Stone’s book, What It Done to Us, is a group of gripping, tough poems that seem to be written … Continue reading

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Alicia Ostriker

Though I haven’t read much of her, what I’ve seen, I like. This from Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series: Thirsting It’s not that the old are wise But that we thirst for the wisdom we had at twenty when … Continue reading

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Another Monday poem on Tuesday

At a workshop this weekend someone brought this poem, by Lynn Emanuel, and I remembered how much I like her work. Why it took me so long to get the poem up here, I don’t know. The days seem to … Continue reading

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Monday Poem

I’m still reading Bullets into Bells, the anthology about gun violence. It’s a remarkable collection. On Saturday we had a local town hall to follow up on the students’ march against gun violence. I realized we think about it almost … Continue reading

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Poetry Monday

This poem is from Poetry Sunday, in Women’s Voices for Change, a great resource. Usually hosted by Rebecca Foust, the Marin County Poet Laureate, this week’s selection is from another local poet, Susan Cohen. There are three other poems by Agi … Continue reading

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A poem from last Sunday

Amanda Moore was one of the readers at Britt Marie’s last Sunday. This was my favorite of the poems she read: The Broken Leg Eventually it comes between us: not the plaster barricade between every tender moment we might have, … Continue reading

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The other poem…

Yesterday’s event at Britt Marie’s was just what a poetry event should be, short, varied, lively, moving and fun. The small wine bar was full to overflowing and the audience seemed to enjoy the poems. I know I enjoyed the … Continue reading

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