December 31, 2021

“New Year’s Day” by Kim Addonizio

New Year's Day The rain this morning falls on the last of the snow and will wash it away. I can smell the grass again, and the torn leaves being eased down into the mud.… Continue Reading

November 27, 2021

“Ode to Gratitude” by Pablo Neruda

Ode to Gratitude Thanks to the word that gives thanks. Thanks to the gratitude for how excellently the word melts snow or iron. The planet seemed full of threats until soft as a translucent feather,… Continue Reading

November 19, 2021

“The morning after / my death” by Etel Adnan

The morning after / my death The morning after my death we will sit in cafés but I will not be there I will not be * There was the great death of birds the… Continue Reading

October 29, 2021

“November 2: Diá de los Muertos” by Alberto Ríos

November 2: Día de los Muertos 1 It is not simply the Day of the Dead—loud, and parties. More quietly, it is the day of my dead. The day of your dead. These days, the… Continue Reading

October 15, 2021

“Fall Song” by Joy Harjo

Fall Song It is a dark fall day. The earth is slightly damp with rain. I hear a jay. The cry is blue. I have found you in the story again. Is there another word… Continue Reading

September 24, 2021

“Summer Song” by William Carlos Williams

Summer Song Wanderer moon smiling a faintly ironical smile at this brilliant, dew-moistened summer morning,— a detached sleepily indifferent smile, a wanderer’s smile,— if I should buy a shirt your color and put on a… Continue Reading

August 20, 2021

“36 Rules for Writers” by Umberto Eco

36 Rules for Writers 1. Avoid alliterations, even if they’re manna for morons. 2. Don’t contribute to the killing of the subjunctive mode, I suggest that the writer use it when necessary. 3. Avoid clichés:… Continue Reading

August 13, 2021

“An ancient pond!” by Matsuo Basho

An ancient pond! An ancient pond!With a sound from the waterOf the frog as it plunges in. . Matsuo Basho, 1643-1694 This poem is in the public domain. Photo by Martino Pietropoli on Unsplash Continue Reading

August 6, 2021

“Summer Stars” by Carl Sandburg

Summer Stars Bend low again, night of summer stars.So near you are, sky of summer stars, So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars, Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl, So… Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

“20 Rules for Writers” by Stephen King

20 Rules for Writers 1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all… Continue Reading