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“Poetry…is an art of paradox,
of clarity married to mystery, of thinking married to feeling..”

Terrance Hayes – Poet & Visual Artist

Dang good reasons to pause in the middle of your busy life to read poetry:

Poetry can penetrate right to the center of what truly matters.  What subversive act, in a culture hell-bent on filling space with activity and silence with noise, to simply slow down and read a poem! Turning to poetry, as Adrienne Rich said, “…can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire.”   Poetry has even saved lives.  It’s true.  Dang good reasons, yes?  Nuff said.  Onward!

Image: Paul Cezanne, Still life, pitcher and fruit

November 2017 ~ Ode to the Joyful Ones


“An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.”  ~  Hafiz

Shield your joyful ones.
from an Anglican prayer

That they walk, even stumble, among us is reason
to praise them, or protect them—even the sound
of a lead slug dropped on a lead plate, even that, for them,
is music. Because they bring laughter’s
brief amnesia. Because they stand,
talking, taking pleasure in others,
with their hands on the shoulders of strangers
and the shoulders of each other.
Because you don’t have to tell them to walk toward the light.
Because if there are two pork chops
they will serve you the better one.
Because they will give you the crutch off their backs.
Because when there are two of them together
their shining fills the room.
Because you don’t have to tell them to walk toward the light.

Thomas Lux from To the Left of Time
Copyrighted material; for educational/therapeutic purposes only.

Image: JMW Turner – Light and Colour

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October 2017 ~ Psalm 16

I chose this unrestrained praise-poem to mark the 11th Anniversary of Poem of the Month.  Stephen Mitchell, translator extraordinaire, is true to the spirit of the text, his “sense of the genuine,” when he interprets.  Enjoy!  Thank you for sharing in the love of poetry!  May we all rest in this unnamable, perfect love.

Unnamable God, I feel you
with me at every moment.

You are my food, my drink,
my sunlight, and the air I breathe.

You are the ground I have built on
and the beauty that rejoices my heart.

I give thanks to you at all times
for lifting me from my confusion,
for teaching me in the dark
and showing me the path of life.

I have come to the center of the universe;
I rest in your perfect love.

In your presence there is fullness of joy
and blessedness forever and ever.

(As Psalm 106 finishes, “And let the people say, ‘Amen.’”)

Stephen Mitchell, from A Book of Psalms: Selected and Adapted from the Hebrew.
Copyrighted material; for educational/therapeutic purposes only.

Photo: Claude Monet: Impression, Sunrise

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September 2017 ~ Teodoro Luna’s Two Kisses


“My dear Teodoro, your eyebrows are a gift from God,”
said an enthralled Mrs. Luna.

Mr. Teodoro Luna in his later years had taken to kissing
His wife
Not so much with his lips as with his brows.
This is not to say he put his forehead
Against her mouth —
Rather, he would lift his eyebrows, once, quickly:
Not so vigorously he might be confused with the villain
Famous in the theaters, but not so little as to be thought
A slight movement, one of accident. This way
He kissed her
Often and quietly, across tables and through doorways,
Sometimes in photographs, and so through the years themselves.
This was his passion, that only she might see.  The chance
He might feel some movement on her lips
Toward laughter.

Alberto Rios from Teodoro Luna’s Two Kisses: Poems
Copyrighted material; for educational/therapeutic purposes only.

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Lucky’s Corner

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Here’s a tasty morsel of poetic medicine from Lucky.
Down the hatch!

“Joy is exactly what’s happening….
minus your opinion of it.”

Charlotte Joko Beck

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