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Foreclosing on that Peril

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I'll keep explaining-because maybe you still don't get it
Those children in California (substitute any state), dead from gunfire-
Let me begin again in a little roof garden with my friend
I mean he mocks me lovingly on the roof and at the library book sale
My friend is not a banker but a prison activist
He used to ...Read more

Poetry

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond
all this fiddle.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one
discovers that there is in
it after all, a place for the genuine.
Hands that can grasp, eyes
that can dilate, hair that can rise
if it must, these things are important ...Read more

The Room Is as We Left It

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The room is as we left it
But mellowed to a heightened
Dignity.
The chairs
Have summer coverings
Of cobwebs,
The teakwood lamps are there,
And still the bed sags
To the center,
And the table throws
Its weight of shadow
On the spread . . . .
. . . Folly to have left the room ...Read more

Town Watches Them Take Alfonso

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Now each of us is
a witness stand:
Vasenka watches us watch four soldiers throw Alfonso Barabinski on the sidewalk.
We let them take him, all of us cowards.

What we don't say
we carry in our suitcases, coat pockets, our nostrils.

Across the street they wash him with fire hoses. First he screams, ...Read more

The Time Machine

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

My mother begged me: Please, please, study
stenography...
Without it
I would have no future, and this

is the future that was lost in time to me

having scoffed at her, refusing
to learn the only skill I'd ever need, the one

I will associate forever now with loss, with her
bald ...Read more

Poem for My Son in the Car

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The wipers sweep two overlapping hills
on the glass, we are quiet against the
squeaky metronome as we often are
before the concerns of the day well up.
Today: Is it dark inside my body?
The wet cedar's dark of green-gone-black
of damp earth mending itself,
a pewter bell rung into night's collected
...Read more

Age of Beauty

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

This is not an age of beauty,
I say to the Rite-Aid as I pass a knee-high plastic witch
whose speaker-box laugh is tripped by my calf
breaking the invisible line cast by her motion
sensor. My heart believes it is a muscle

of love, so how do I tell it it is a muscle of blood?

This morning, I found...Read more

Biking to the George Washington Bridge

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

It sweeps away depression and today
you can't tell the heaped pin-white
cherry blossoms abloom along
Riverside Drive from the clouds above
it is all kerfluffle, all moisture and light and so
into the wind I go
past Riverside Church and the Fairway
Market, past the water treatment plant
and in the ...Read more

Now

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Out of your whole life give but a moment!
All of your life that has gone before,
All to come after it,-so you ignore,
So you make perfect the present,-condense,
In a rapture of rage, for perfection's endowment,
Thought and feeling and soul and sense-
Merged in a moment which gives me at last
You around ...Read more

Read Genesis

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I was betrayed by Bohemia early
in my life and left a run-down hotel
with my eye swollen shut by an insect bite
but got my revenge in France and Italy
and wasn't bitten once in those two countries.

I swore off free meals and book-stealing
both there and elsewhere and
if I got something for nothing...Read more

San Sebastian

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Still singing in my cell
of succulents, staked by a man
who fled. Nothing personal.
How often I get that wrong...
I move on-

some man
is always fleeing, and that
is never personal. The longer
I go the fewer notes I need.
My torso a sort of hotel.
Martyrdom bores me.
My hook...Read more

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

after William Carlos Williams' "Queen-Anne's-Lace"
Remote purple lays claim to stem,
beside routine stripes of green and brown.
Dark as a patch of shade
in the marsh across the path
that the neighborhood kids and I,
were forbidden to pass. It is
that hue that overtakes,
the marsh that sucks in ...Read more

Music from Childhood

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

You grow up hearing two languages. Neither fits your fits
Your mother informs you "moon" means "window to another world."
You begin to hear words mourn the sounds buried inside their mouths
A row of yellow windows and a painting of them

Your mother informs you "moon" means "window to another world."
You ...Read more

I Am the Whole Defense

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Mid-1700s, Southwestern China
Lightning is the creature who carries a knife.
Two months now,
The rains hold watch.

Statues bury in teak
Smeared with old egret's blood.

I feel the pulse of this inferno,
Tested by the hour to know

That even torches must not waver.

In...Read more

Winter Trees

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

About This Poem
"Winter Trees" was published ...Read more

To Winter

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

O Winter! bar thine adamantine doors:
The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark
Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs,
Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.

He hears me not, but o'er the yawning deep
Rides heavy; his storms are unchain'd; sheathed
In ribbed steel, I dare not lift ...Read more

My Father's Tie Rack

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Back of the door to his dark closet,
eye height, with clever steel
pegs I could flip both ways.
A row of pendulums. Of tongues.
Words, wordless. Witnesses
waiting to be sworn. The town secret.
A silk body, a man's plenty.
A wild ache, a knot. One painted
with gold mums, one with blood
leaves ...Read more

I Have Not Come Here to Compare Notes But to Sit Together in the Stillness at the Edge of This Wound

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Asked if it isn't weird to be at an awards ceremony with Gregory Peck,
Dylan says, "Well, listen, everything's weird. You tell me something
that's not weird." He might as well have said "big," that his songs are
a witness to magnitude, that your poems are. And why shouldn't they be?

Look at the epic of your life, ...Read more

Lunar Eclipse

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Mt. Rainier National Park
We are standing on the access road to Paradise.
Seven miles from the gates. We are standing
on the centerline, the moon on our faces, the mountain
at our backs. Were it less than full, we might see,
in its northwest sector, the Land of Snow
and the Ocean of Storms. Because it is full,...Read more

To Live in the Zombie Apocalypse

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The moon will shine for God
knows how long.
As if it still matters. As if someone

is trying to recall a dream.
Believe the brain is a cage of light
& rage. When it shuts off,

something else switches on.
There's no better reason than now
to lock the doors, the windows.

...Read more

 

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