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"And here I am, at the center of all beauty! Imagine!"

In high school, I was too contarian to take part in the “25 things you don’t know about me” meme that once swept Facebook. This time around, I see the request to list 10 influential books, or 10 poems.* I’ll do poems because–much as I love books–this selection is more unexpected and, perhaps, in some small way, more personal. 612 more words


Louise Glück - Faithful and Virtuous Night

Full Disclosure: Have read a little of Glück’s work, know a few folks who are big fans. This copy kindly donated by the Forward Prize folks. 1,082 more words



You want to know how I spend my time?
I walk the front lawn, pretending
to be weeding. You ought to know
I’m never weeding, on my knees, pulling… 89 more words

Books Poetry Lit

A Bite of Gingerbread and a Cup of Tea, Please

In cake,  I am aloft of make-believe wings…

A surprising interest in writing poetry six-plus decades into life is pulling the thread of the fabric I could previously identify with. 503 more words


for Louise Gluck

Warrior, are you mad?
Your blood and sweat
for all to see…
Your words scream “Coward”
they fill me with shame.
Do you despise weakness?
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Writing on the Walls, Pages

Last year — Or what is this year? — a former college roommate of mine posted a picture of his reading a Louise Gluck poem. It’s a powerful poem in my opinion, and it resonated enough and wedge itself in between my mind and skull to look for the book when in a used bookstore. 620 more words