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The Morning Gamble

Light on the ledge of my lidsor is it the sill’s seepage?From the trees, cacophony the birds, no doubtthough I doubt —a circus, pieces of a gambling game being turned – clacking and sparring,castanets, bingo. The Creator as croupier? Each element in … Continue reading

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The Howl of Motherhood

We all came from mothers: we have something in common.Our first act almost unspeakable hurtling towards bright lights, causing our Other shrieking pain.Mothers let us off the hook — it wasn’t really our fault —the pea-green stuff was cleared off, we sucked … Continue reading

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Ambiguity, Thy name is Spring

“Ambiguity is the world’s condition.…As a ‘picture of reality’ is it truer than any other.  Ambiguity is.”  So says poet Charles Simic. In that spirit, I submit spring.  Yes, spring is a bouquet pulled and given from the dark dead … Continue reading

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Cascading Seder

After all the words of two Passover Seders, what remains? — meaning unsayable.  After flowing wine, a vertiginous sea, questions of morality and freedom, of being a stranger and redemption, after provocations, interruptions, questions posed with incomplete answers —ah!  The … Continue reading

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Mythical Rambles on Pico

We pick up the cows where we lost the goats. They look back at us, dully sensual, shiny, forgiving, lumber up the volcanic trail.  Hoof deep, we’re all off-balance.   This lava moonscape, land of black chasms and craters.  A land just out … Continue reading

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Azores, Déjà Vu and Olà

Visiting the Azores has a strange fusion of ‘Here I am’ and ‘Where am I?’.   Call it a confused familiarity.  Our host on the island of Terceira presented us with a golden loaf of sweet bread  — kissing cousin … Continue reading

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Standing with Bakhtin

“Truth is not born nor is it to be found inside the head of an individual person, it is born between people collectively searching for truth, in the process of their dialogic interaction.”  Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian literary critic and philosopher  … Continue reading

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Armageddon Blues

I wrote the poem “Armageddon Blues,” which was published in Salamander Poetry Journal in Winter 2018-2019. It doesn’t seem to have lost its relevance! The enduring question: Is there time to slice the cucumber? ARMAGEDDON BLUES If my nerves were … Continue reading

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The Ping Pong Mind

It’s hard to concentrate.  Ping pong of the mind is in play — sometimes that restless movement is productive, but not now.  I’m sitting on home, but mind is racing through history, through ditches and pogroms, uneasy peace, good & … Continue reading

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Mixed Marriages

Mixed marriages make up much of life.My nose that lives with my two eyes is a mixed marriage.          (How does my nose live when eyes look down on it?) Body and soul share grief and dreams in … Continue reading

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