January 23, 2021

“The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

The Hill We Climb When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.We braved the belly of the beast.We’ve learned that… Continue Reading

January 15, 2021

Keith Jarrett’s “The Köln Concert” by Mike Monteiro

Keith Jarrett's "The Köln Concert" Here’s a brief recap of Keith Jarrett’s day on January 24, 1975: He drives six hours from Zurich, Switzerland, where he played a few days earlier, to Köln, Germany. He… Continue Reading

January 15, 2021

“My Wisdom” by Naomi Shihab Nye

My Wisdom When people have a lotthey want moreWhen people have nothingthey will happily share it*Some people saynever getting your waybuilds characterBy now our character must bedeep and wide as a continentAfrica, Australiagiant cascade of… Continue Reading

January 8, 2021

“Once the World Was Perfect” by Joy Harjo

Once the World Was Perfect Once the world was perfect, and we were happy in that world. Then we took it for granted. Discontent began a small rumble in the earthly mind. Then Doubt pushed… Continue Reading

January 1, 2021

“Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Burning the Old Year Letters swallow themselves in seconds.Notes friends tied to the doorknob,transparent scarlet paper,sizzle like moth wings,marry the air. So much of any year is flammable,lists of vegetables, partial poems.Orange swirling flame of… Continue Reading

January 1, 2021

“A Few Rules for Predicting the Future” by Octavia E. Butler

A Few Rules for Predicting the Future “So do you really believe that in the future we’re going to have the kind of trouble you write about in your books?” a student asked me as… Continue Reading