September 29, 2023

“Sonnet 73” by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 73 That time of year thou mayst in me behold,When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hangUpon those boughs which shake against the cold,Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang; In… Continue Reading

September 22, 2023

“Five Haikus” by Richard Wright

Five Haikus 1. I am nobody: A red sinking autumn sun Took my name away. 2. I give permission For this slow spring rain to soak The violet beds. 3. With a twitching nose A… Continue Reading

September 15, 2023

“Fall” by Mary Oliver

Fall   the black oaks fling their bronze fruit into all the pockets of the earth      pock pock   they knock against the thresholds the roof the sidewalk fill the eaves    … Continue Reading

September 8, 2023

“Reckless Sonnet No. 8” by Kimiko Hahn

Reckless Sonnet No. 8 My father, as a boy in Milwaukee, thoughtthe cicada’s cry was the whir from a live wire--not from muscles on the sides of an insectvibrating against an outer membrane. Strange thoughthat,… Continue Reading

September 1, 2023

“The Moon and the Yew Tree” by Sylvia Plath

The Moon and the Yew Tree This is the light of the mind, cold and planetaryThe trees of the mind are black. The light is blue.The grasses unload their griefs on my feet as if… Continue Reading

August 25, 2023

“Oh Earth, wait for me” by Pablo Neruda

Oh Earth, wait for me Turn me oh sun towards my native destiny, rain from the ancient forest, return to me the fragrance and the swords that fall from the sky, the solitary peace of… Continue Reading

August 18, 2023

“The Puppet” by Johnny Welch

The Puppet If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, possibly I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely… Continue Reading

August 18, 2023

The Vatican Film List: 15 Best Movies about Religion

The Vatican Film List: 15 Best Movies about Religion Andrei Rublev — Andrei Tarkovsky (1969, USSR) The Mission — Roland Joffé (1986, UK) La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) —… Continue Reading

August 11, 2023

“American Smooth” by Rita Dove

American Smooth We were dancing—it must havebeen a foxtrot or a waltz,something romantic butrequiring restraint,rise and fall, preciseexecution as we movedinto the next song withoutstopping, two chests heavingabove a seven-leaguestride—such perfect agony,one learns to smile… Continue Reading

July 28, 2023

“The white moon / La lune blanche” by Paul Verlaine

"The white moon" The white moonShines in the wood;From every branchThere comes a voiceBeneath the arbor ... O my love. The pond reflects,Like a shimmering mirror,The silhouetteOf the black willowWhere the wind laments ... Let… Continue Reading