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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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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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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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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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Monday poem

I rarely do two poems by the same poet in a row, but I came across this poem from James Galvin’s latest book and really like it. Wildlife Management I All the trees kept their own counsel without any wind to … Continue reading

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Americanathon

I thought this poem by James Galvin would be appropriate for today. Americanathon WAITING FOR THE NEW ice age to come along Like a dawdling child from a previous eon, Waiting for the homeless man to go on home With … Continue reading

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Poems at Mill Valley Library

Last week the Marin Poetry Center cosponsored an event called “Stump the Laureate,” at which volunteers from the audience recited poems, and Dana Gioia, the California poet laureate, alternated with the audience, poem for poem. The idea was to keep … Continue reading

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