Category Archives: poetry

This night, this life.

It sounds like a cliche but I blink and the last eighteen years flew out the door. My son is graduating from high school in less than one month. My daughter is three quarters into her Sophomore year in college. … Continue reading

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Friday Poem: You’ve Come Back to Me

BY LAURA KASISCHKE For G A small thing crawling toward me across this dark lawn. Bright eyes the only thing I’m sure I see. You’ve come back to me, haven’t you, my sweet? From long ago, and very far. Through … Continue reading

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The history of 2017

History remembers the biggest thug in this place, the loudest voice he spoke with still ringing in ears where it pierced the drums. All sounds were muted except his voice which raised other voices as they echoed his gesture & … Continue reading

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You’re an Asian

After K. You’re an Asian They won’t come for you Keep your head down Seal your lips shut Move your hands and feet Dig your shovel to plant your feet to pluck the later-fruits to chop it down for the … Continue reading

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Permeation

Everything is getting through my skin, permeable paper-thin. There are rumors of birds fighting high up in the trees, their chatters louder as I strain to listen. They say, eighty percent of your thoughts today is the same as yesterday. … Continue reading

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Poem for the week: Impossible Friendships

Every time I read Adam Zagajewski’s poems, I get a little closer to understanding this world. Found at Poetry Foundation Impossible Friendships BY ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI TRANSLATED BY CLARE CAVANAGH For example, with someone who no longer is, who exists only … Continue reading

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Today’s mood calls for Langston’s America

From https://www.poets.org/print/node/47827 Let America Be America Again Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America … Continue reading

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poem for the week – Try to Praise the Mutilated World

  By Adam Zagajewski Translated by Clare Cavanagh Try to praise the mutilated world. Remember June’s long days, and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine. The nettles that methodically overgrow the abandoned homesteads of exiles. You must praise the mutilated … Continue reading

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Everything is not –

St. Louis, November 2016 Everything is not politics, they say Like breathing & eating, cooking & dancing, singing & crying loud in the streets. Everything is not politics, I repeat. Like rounding up the small & the powerless, building tall … Continue reading

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report from the cozy chapter of October

It hurt last night to see you stroll out in your best sport jacket a glass of whiskey in one hand, a cigar in another as if you were Don Draper out to conquer the world where women poured you … Continue reading

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