February 23, 2024

“A Map to the Next World” by Joy Harjo

A Map to the Next World      for Desiray Kierra Chee In the last days of the fourth world I wished to make a map forthose who would climb through the hole in the… Continue Reading

February 16, 2024

“An Untitled Ode to the Wonder of Life” by Richard Feynman

An Untitled Ode to the Wonder of Life I stand at the seashore, alone,and start to think. There are the rushing wavesmountains of moleculeseach stupidly minding its own businesstrillions apartyet forming white surf in unison… Continue Reading

December 22, 2023

“Christmas, 1970” by Sandra M. Castillo

Christmas, 1970 We assemble the silver tree,our translated lives,its luminous branches,numbered to fit into its its metallic rootsto decorate our first Christmas.Mother finds herselfopening, closing the Red Cross boxshe will carry into 1976like an… Continue Reading

December 15, 2023

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

Fire and Ice Some say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough… Continue Reading

December 8, 2023

“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your bodylove what… Continue Reading

December 1, 2023

“Browning Resolves to Be a Poet” by Jorge Luis Borges

Browning Resolves to Be a Poet In these red London labyrinthsI find that I have chosenthe most curious of human professions,though given that all are curious, in their way.Like alchemistswho looked for the philosopher’s stonein… Continue Reading

November 25, 2023

“November 26, 1963” by Wendell Berry

November 26, 1963 We know the winter earth upon the body of the young President, and the early dark falling: we know the veins grown quiet in his temples and wrists, and his hands and… Continue Reading

October 21, 2023

“A Fable” by Louise Glück

A Fable Two women with the same claim came to the feet of the wise king. Two women, but only one baby. The king knew someone was lying. What he said was Let the child… 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 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