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Monday Poem

On Monday! Here you go, a poem I found on Split This Rock: The Day I Learned to Speak My Grandmother’s Tongue The day I learned to speak my grandmother’s tongue An Eastern wind shifted the earth While the western … Continue reading

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The Watergate

If you lived through the Nixon administration, this poem has a deep resonance. It might even work if you didn’t: The Watergate For most in the United States the word brings a phase when mortars in Vietnam still whistled around … Continue reading

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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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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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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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