Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Eve Dinner

Grandmother, Pasqualina, they didn’t tell me I’ll never see you again. Didn’t tell me I’ll never hear you humming in the kitchen. That your hand Will never help mine stir the pasta. I’ve opened my ears. Pulled the quarters from … Continue reading

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Cupping It

You ever notice the way women will hold a porcelain tea cup by its handle but in the chill of morning cradle a mug with both hands, look out the window while feeling what is going on inside of themselves. . … Continue reading

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Flying Prayers

Would that I could pull the skein of my prayers across the face of heaven — as easily as the V of geese recited their vows over my head.

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Autumn Prelude

This Autumn Prelude is in imitation of T.S. Eliot’s, Prelude I, which begins, The winter evening settles down With the smell of steak in passageways. Autumn Prelude Dec. 16, 2011 The late autumn morning rises up With smells of coffee percolating … Continue reading

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Loons

A fun warm up exercise I use with young students is a form called “the Loon.”  Starts out with a openining line:  Think of me as;  or I wish were, of If i were.  Then, well, you’ll see by example: Think … Continue reading

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Rilke’s Advice

       In his book, Letters to a Young Poet, German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, advised the poet, “Ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: Must I write? (If yes) Then build your life according to this necessity.  Your … Continue reading

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Sometimes The Voice Starts IT All

Sometimes the voice starts it all, like yesterday’s writing, “Who In Their Right Mind” is a phrase that popped into my voice when I got up to see the first snow flakes. Somehow, when I answer these calls of the … Continue reading

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