Shoulders, a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

Shoulders A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently, looking two times north and south, because his son is asleep on his shoulder. No car must splash him. No car drive too near to his shadow. This man carries the world’s most sensitive cargo but he’s not marked. Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE,Continue reading “Shoulders, a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye”

A June Peony in April

April My peonies sleep curled into their red roots frozen with the ground. I walk with what is left of winter and discover a tiny animal, wet and black, bereft of possibility. It’s too close to spring to die. William says we need a month of sunny days before we dig and plant. This morning,Continue reading “A June Peony in April”

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean— the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up andContinue reading ““Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?””

iPhoneography & the black and white via Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” ~Henri Cartier-Bresson Lately, I have been pushing myself to get better at black and white photography. A good black and white photo seems a poem compared to the novellaContinue reading “iPhoneography & the black and white via Henri Cartier-Bresson”

Benefit to reading in Cherry Valley, NY? You just might meet Charles Plymell

Benefit to reading in Cherry Valley? You just might have Charles Plymell drop in for a listen and he just might ask you to his home for tea afterwords and you just might go and hear story after incredible story that makes your realize you have done nothing, absolutely nothing with your amazing life. AndContinue reading “Benefit to reading in Cherry Valley, NY? You just might meet Charles Plymell”

Photo Of His Farmhouse From Last Summer & A Ginsberg Quote

“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. ” ~Allen Ginsberg 20 liner poets Chris Shearer, Leslie Berliant and yours truly are reading tonight at the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY…home to GinsbergContinue reading “Photo Of His Farmhouse From Last Summer & A Ginsberg Quote”

Love Letter To Teacher and More Love From The Los Angeles Poets And Writers Collective

Dear Love of My Life, Jack Grapes… The day that I met you, so many years ago at The Los Angeles Festival of Books, you told me that if I studied with you my life would change. I was so lost that day, all I knew was I needed something. Connor was my little hostageContinue reading “Love Letter To Teacher and More Love From The Los Angeles Poets And Writers Collective”

A poem for the second day of Spring by Qabbani (and an iPhoto of My Frickin Tree)

  I knew when I said I love you that I was inventing a new alphabet for a city where no one could read that I was saying my poems in an empty theater and pouring my wine for those who could not taste it. Qabbani

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