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Play Louder, January Wind!

                        January by William Carlos Williams Again I reply to the triple winds running chromatic fifths of derision outside my window: Play louder. You will not succeed. I am … Continue reading

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ODE TO COMMON THINGS

  “Odes to Common Things.”  Pablo Neruda’s poems came to me like a boomerang.  It was a New Years’ back to basics, a reset to zero. A move away from global crises and cosmic clashes. I read them to draw … Continue reading

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Mystery is the Content – Shanah Tovah

I’d like to cordone off the sacred from politics, but politics is everywhere, and religion, which mediates the sacred with varying degrees of success, is everywhere too. On Rosh Hashanah Eve, I’m feeling the weight of too many politics. While … Continue reading

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LAUNDRY LINES

AZORES BLUE nearly perfectly hung on the line; a middle blue of sea-washed expectations his three identical shirts; her blue scarf his four blue jockeys, strung like love along the shed

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FOLLOW, POET

Composer Mohammed Fairouz It’s premature to relegate poetry to mausoleums or crypts.  In some places in the world, people cry, break down and weep to poetry.  They lose it.  It happens in well-worn cafés in Middle Eastern cities like Cairo, … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD BAUDELAIRE DO?

I know, poets are said to have beautiful words but no practical action. Still, I began to wonder what Baudelaire, French poet par excellence, bad boy and scowling melancholic, would say about France and its current crisis of post-attack polarization. … Continue reading

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