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Sekou Sundiata on “the skin you’re livin’ in”

Sekou Sundiata was a poet I became interested in when teaching poetry at F&M College. We were trying to get him to come and perform but unfortunately it never happened. I did get to hear him live in New York … Continue reading

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Joan Salvat-Papasseit and “the good that is everything”

Joan Salvat-Papasseit (Joan is the equivalent of John) was an avant-garde Catalan poet who lived from 1894-1924 in Barcelona, which 100 years ago, in an age when horse travel and airplane travel overlapped, was becoming a hub of modern influences. … Continue reading

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“I am the enemy you killed, my friend”

“I am the enemy you killed, my friend.” That is, to me, one of the greatest lines of poetry ever. It occurs near the end of Wilfred Owen’s poem “Strange meeting,” which portrays two soldiers, on opposing sides in World … Continue reading

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ON THE FIFTH DAY

ON THE FIFTH DAY by Jane Hirshfield, 2017 On the fifth day the scientists who studied the rivers were forbidden to speak or to study the rivers. The scientists who studied the air were told not to speak of the … Continue reading

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Some day

I remembered this poem written very long ago in southern France, because now that for most of us life has slowed down, more of us could have the time to spend a day not doing but contemplating: Some Day Some … Continue reading

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Traveler’s Evening Song

Just feeling meditative, as the weather declines, days get shorter, and even younger people fall away from us. J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832), Wanderers Nachtlied, II Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, über allen Wipfeln spürest du kaum einen Hauch: die … Continue reading

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