April 30, 2021

“My Father. A Tree.” by Tina Chang

My Father. A Tree. Today, longing for my father, I saw a solitary bleached owl skim the dark grasses. It swept so low to the ground it might have buried itself. I did not know… Continue Reading

April 30, 2021

“Poetry” by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Poetry I spent one hour thinking of a verse my pen does not want to write. Yet, it is here inside restless, alive. It is here inside and does not wish to get out. But… Continue Reading

April 23, 2021

“Too Many Names” by Pablo Neruda

Too Many Names Monday entangles itself with Tuesday and the week with the year: time cannot be severed with your weary shears, and all the names of the day the water of night clears. No… Continue Reading

April 15, 2021

“How Do I Know When a Poem is Finished?” by Naomi Shihab Nye

How Do I Know When a Poem is Finished? When you quietly closethe door to a roomthe room is not finished. It is resting. Temporarily.Glad to be without youfor a while. Now it has time… Continue Reading

April 15, 2021

“Pale Blue Dot” by Carl Sagan

Pale Blue Dot Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out… Continue Reading

April 9, 2021

“The Perfect Poem” by Kaveh Akbar

The Perfect Poem In god’s gleaming empire, herds of triceratops lunge up on their hind legs to somersault around the plains. The angels lie in the sun using straight pins to eat hollyhocks. Mostly they… Continue Reading

April 2, 2021

“One More Love Poem” by Dunya Mikhail

One More Love Poem If I had one more day I would write a love poem composed of one word repeated like binary code. I’ll multiply it by the number of days that passed without… Continue Reading

April 1, 2021

25 Tips for Musicians by Thelonious Monk

25 Tips for Musicians In 1960 jazz pianist Thelonious Monk wrote down a list of tips for his new saxophonist Steve Lacy. A reproduction of Lacy's transcription of this advice is included below. Just because… Continue Reading