Poem: Notebooks—Allison Joseph

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Today’s poem speaks to me on a deep level. I have almost 40 blank notebooks and journals, patiently waiting on the shelf of my study for their turn to be of service. Notebooks —Allison Joseph What good are notebooks? —Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime” I crave them as if craving something carnal, blankness of pages […]

Poem: The Snow Arrives After Long Silence—Nancy Willard

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The Snow Arrives After Long Silence —Nancy Willard The snow arrives after long silence from its high home where nothing leaves tracks or strains or keeps time. The sky it fell from, pale as oatmeal, bears up like sheep before shearing. The cat at my window watches amazed. So many feathers and no bird! All […]

Poem: My People—Langston Hughes

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My People —Langston Hughes Dream-singers, Story-tellers, Dancers, Loud laughers in the hands of Fate— My People. Dish-washers, Elevator-boys, Ladies’ maids, Crap-shooters, Cooks, Waiters, Jazzers, Nurses of babies, Loaders of ships, Porters, Hairdressers, Comedians in vaudeville And band-men in circuses— Dream-singers all, Story-tellers all. Dancers— God! What dancers! Singers— God! What singers! Singers and dancers, Dancers […]

Poem: The Burning—Liz Berry

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The Burning —Liz Berry It was the hard winter she came, frozen larks plummeting through the gloam like falling stars, each pail in the yard a slattern’s looking glass. Each dusk, the house cobwebbed by creeping frost, my husband slipped like a knife from an oyster, my sons nestled like dormice in their cots, I […]

Poem: A Piece of the Storm ~ Mark Strand

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A Piece of the Storm ~Mark Strand for Sharon Horvath From the shadow of domes in the city of domes, A snowflake, a blizzard of one, weightless, entered your room And made its way to the arm of the chair where you, looking up From your book, saw it the moment it landed. That’s all […]


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