Out-running the storm

Lot’s Wife by Anna Akhmatova And the just man trailed God’s shining agent, over a black mountain, in his giant track, while a restless voice kept harrying his woman: “It’s not too late, you can still look back – at the red towers of your native Sodom, the square where once you sang, the spinning-shed, […]

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Love under the elms

Love Song by William Carlos Williams Sweep the house clean, hang fresh curtains in the windows put on a new dress and come with me! The elm is scattering its little loaves of sweet smells from a white sky! – Who shall hear of us in the time to come? Let him say there was […]

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The poetry of roadkill

Ode to the Maggot by Yusef Komunyakaa Brother of the blowfly & godhead, you work magic Over battlefields, In slabs of bad pork – & flophouses. Yes, you Go to the root of all things. You are sound & mathematical. Jesus, Christ, you’re merciless – With the truth. Ontological & lustrous, You cast spells on […]

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Ladies room in Milwaukee

Mother of the Groom by Seamus Heaney – What she remembers Is his glistening back In the bath, his small boots in the ring of boots at her feet. – Hands in her voided lap, she hears a daughter welcomed. It’s as if he kicked when lifted and slipped her soapy hold. – Once soap […]

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Toys

Just wanted to show off my new stamp.  From now on, I’ll be stamping the backs of poems.  If someone should chance upon one, they’ll know where the poem comes from.  But I still have a backlog of two or three few poems before I launch the stamp. My little elves, too, will be appearing […]

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