Try to Praise the Mutilated World – Adam Zagajewski Try to praise the mutilated world. Remember June’s long days, and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew. The nettles that methodically overgrow the abandoned homesteads of exiles. You must praise the mutilated world. You watched the stylish yachts and ships; one of them had a … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Adam Zagajewski
Hope – Czeslaw Milosz Hope is with you when you believe the earth is not a dream but living flesh, that sight, touch, and hearing do not lie, that all things you have ever seen here are like a garden looked at from a gate. You cannot enter. But you’re sure it’s there. Could we … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Czeslaw Milosz
Word Choice – Coleman Barks Slubby comes from the Dutch, who know a lot about mud, in their lowdown Brueghel-dance ways. Slubby names the miry-slick stickiness where ducks might love sliding into a lake. I love another wet-earth word, sillion. Firmer, the curve of a furrow the plow has just turned over, used only one … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Coleman Barks
Wedding Cake – Naomi Shihab Nye Once on a plane a woman asked me to hold her baby and disappeared. I figured it was safe, our being on a plane and all. How far could she go? She returned one hour later, having changed her clothes and washed her hair. I didn’t recognize her. By … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Naomi Shihab Nye
You and your older daughter are nearing the end of a sojourn in an unfamiliar land, a land that is neither Europe nor Asia but the meeting point of both; that has long been its reputation, and it has proven to be true. Never have you been in a place that feels like such a … Continue reading "I am a sky where spirits live"
CLASS IS FILLED, but I will continue to offer one-day workshops regularly. Thanks. Greetings, writers and writerly types, I’m offering a one-day creative writing workshop –Creative Writing Kickstart– on Sunday, April 14. The class will touch on various aspects of creative writing craft, but our main focus, now that the snow is (nearly) gone … Continue reading (NOTE: CLASS IS FILLED) Another One-Day Creative Writing Kickstart class!