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Poetry

Hospital Parking Lot

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Hospital Parking Lot

Poets often do their best work when they’re telling us about something they’ve seen without stepping into the poem and talking about themselves. Here’s a lovely poem of observation by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North...

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Heart

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Heart

People speak of “hearts and flowers” when they’re talking about poems with predictable sentimentality, but here’s an antidote to all those valentines, from Sally Bliumis-Dunn, who lives in New York. Her most recent book of poems is...

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The Strangers

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Strangers

A couple I know adopted three very small children from a distant country, and the children had never been constrained in any way. The airliner’s seatbelts were so fearful for them that they screamed all the way back to the States. But since then their...

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Custodians

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Custodians

Seventy years ago, when I entered Beardshear Elementary in Ames, Iowa, the school employed a custodian, Mr. Shockley, who had for an office a closet under the stairs. I wish I could thank himfor mopping up all...

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Settler’s Creek

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Settler’s Creek

I once attended a memorial service at which a friend’s ashes were put in the Platte River at first light, just as thousands of Sandhill Cranes were lifting off the water, crying. Flowing water hasjust what it...

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Husbands

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Husbands

Here’s a fine poem about two generations of husbands, by Pauletta Hansel of Ohio. Husbands My mother likes a man who works. She likes my husband’s muddy knees, grass stains on the cuffs. She loved my father,...

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Love Poem

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Love Poem

I don’t think I’ve ever sold anything that, later, I didn’t wish I had back, and I have a list of regrets as long as my arm. So this poem by Melissa Balmain really caught my attention....

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‘Pretty Ricky’

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

‘Pretty Ricky’

Some of us will be eating ham on Easter, and I thought I’d offer you a poem about a champion pig, by Jill Breckenridge, a Minnesotan who has written a series of poems based on that state’s...

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In the Dark

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

In the Dark

Poetry is a good way to capture epiphanies, and this poem by Penny Harter does just that. Harter lives and teaches in New Jersey. In the Dark At bedtime, my grandson’s breath rasps in and out of...

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Father and Daughter

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Father and Daughter

Amanda Strand is a poet living in Maryland. I like this poem for its simplicity, clarity and directness. No frills to decorate it, just the kind of straightforward accounting of an experience that Henry David Thoreau said...

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