Poetry.

One Art

This week’s “Economist” magazine includes a review of a new biography on one of America’s greatest poets ever: Elizabeth Bishop.  Highlighted above is one of my favorite Bishop quotes, from her poem “One Art”: “The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things feel filled with the intent to be lost that their […]

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Yellow Tomatoes

  I once thought I could know anything   The death knowledge of the Buddha The clarifying call of Gabriel Former lives and abetting suns That enthrall worlds more able than mine   I too never doubted my time supply To be the daughter to the dying father Who buries without the blow of love […]

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Home Poem

I came home tonight from a long trip and, once in bed, picked up the first book I found to land my mind.  It turned out to be Philip Larkin’s “Collected Poems,” which I’ve barely rustled. The stunning excerpt above is from his poem “Coming” and made me feel like I’d come home. 

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Difficult by Design

Geoffrey Hill, renowned British poet, died last week and was memorialized by today’s “New York Times.” Although I’ve never read a single poem written by Hill and do not support intentionally obscure verse, I do think Mr. Hill makes a very good point above. Difficult is as difficult does. 

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El viaje de Borja

Tomorrow is May 20th. A day I’ve been dreading because it is the last day to pre-order my book mid-life. Since pre-sales determine how many books will be published, tomorrow matters. If any of you out there had any intention whatsoever of purchasing my book of poems, I would truly appreciate it if you did […]

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