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 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

December 16, 2020

“To My Brother Miguel in memoriam” by César Vallejo

To My Brother Miguel in memoriam Brother, today I sit on the brick bench outside the house, where you make a bottomless emptiness.I remember we used to play at this hour of the day, and… Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

“Distant Lights of Olancha Recede” by Harold Budd

Distant Lights of Olancha Recede The boy, my boyLets the full charge flyThe sound is masked by the rolling thunder peeling off the Sierras Late desert evening, getting black, getting feralThe kilns haven’t felt fire… Continue Reading

November 27, 2020

“Speaking Tree” by Joy Harjo

Speaking Tree I had a beautiful dream I was dancing with a tree.                                             … Continue Reading

November 19, 2020

“In the Evening” by William Reichard

In the Evening The night air is filled with the scent of apples, and the moon is nearly full. In the next room, Jim is reading; a small cat sleeps in the crook of his… Continue Reading

October 30, 2020

“Song for Baby-O, Unborn” by Diane di Prima

Song for Baby-O, Unborn when you break thruyou’ll finda poet herenot quite what one would choose. I won’t promiseyou’ll never go hungryor that you won’t be sadon this guttedbreakingglobe but I can show youbabyenough to… Continue Reading

October 30, 2020

“An Exercise in Love” by Diane di Prima

An Exercise in Love for Jackson Allen My friend wears my scarf at his waistI give him moonstonesHe gives me shell & seaweedsHe comes from a distant city & I meet himWe will plant eggplants… Continue Reading