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Poetry

Widower

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Widower

Here is a poem by David Ray, of Arizona, that gets to the subject of how a person moves ahead following the death of a loved one. For a time, the simplest activity can feel both strange and new. His most recent book of poetry...

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Comings and Goings

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Comings and Goings

Glenna Luschei, who makes her home in California, has traveled the world, and like all good poets has paid attention to what she’s seen. Here’s a fine poem not from Cambodia or Greece but from Tucson, about...

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Ovation

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Ovation

This may be the only poem ever written in which a person claps the mud from a pair of shoes! Michael McFee’s poetry is just that original, in all of his books. His most recent is That...

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There Have Come Soft Rains

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

There Have Come Soft Rains

I’ve seen many poems about the atomic bomb drills that schoolchildren were put through during the Cold War, but this one reaches beyond that experience. John Philip Johnson lives and writes in Nebraska, and has an illustrated...

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Embedding the Cancer Port

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Embedding the Cancer Port

They say that when undergoing cancer treatment, the patient’s attitude is all-important. Here Robert King, a poet now living in Colorado, looks with wit and bemusement at his chemotherapy. His most recent book is Some of These...

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25th reunion

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

25th reunion

How could we publish a column about American Life in Poetry without including a poem about a high school reunion? This is from Barbara Crooker’s Selected Poems from Futurecycle Press. She lives in Pennsylvania. 25th reunion A...

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Animal Time

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Animal Time

Twenty years ago my wife and I had visitors from New York, and their car broke down on a country road about a mile from our home. One of them panicked because there were no phone booths...

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Exiting the Night

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Exiting the Night

Having been bitten by a rabid bat I was trying to save from a fire, I’d prefer never again to see bats up close. And here, in this poem by D.R. Goodman, who lives in California, I...

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Carried Away

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Carried Away

Several years ago I published a children’s book about a bag in the wind, so it’s no wonder I love this poem by April Lindner, who lives in Pennsylvania. Once you start noticing these wind-blown bags, you...

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Heaven’s Gate

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Heaven’s Gate

Any new book from Robert Morgan, be it poetry or prose, is a delightful event, and Dark Energy, recently published by Penguin, has lots of wonderful poems. Here’s a portrait that I especially like. Morgan lives in...

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