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Shoveling Snow with Buddha

January 27, 2015

Shoveling Snow With Buddha   In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok you would never see him doing such a thing, tossing the dry snow over a mountain of his bare, round shoulder, his hair tied in a knot, a model of concentration. Sitting is more his speed, if that is […]

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Molly reads Miracles

December 10, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

I’m thankful for this poem. Minnesota Thanksgiving For that free Grace bringing us past great risks & thro’ great griefs surviving to this feast sober & still, with the children unborn and born, among brave friends, Lord, we stand again in debt and find ourselves in the glad position: Gratitude. We praise our ancestors who […]

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Falling into poetry from fiction, one year on…

April 24, 2014

This piece was published one year ago in The Public Humanist: It’s National Poetry Month, and while we could drink our way through an entire month of pure poetic delight without the well ever running dry, we (whisper) might not want to stop reading stories. Or, we might feel more at ease reading stories. Poems […]

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anniversary poem

March 31, 2014

I’m not a poet, but I am a fool for love. Happy anniversary, dear husband. Rule-breaking Ghazal for Christopher   Gardens grow where we intend, I and thou— Plants and cells divide portending two.   Spade in dirt, feet dark with soil, My heart I—kneeling, bending—threw.   You fled when autumn came, All gelid winter […]

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God says yes to me

January 10, 2014

God says yes to me I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic and she said yes I asked her if it was okay to be short and she said it sure is I asked her if I could wear nail polish or not wear nail polish and she said honey she calls […]

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January First

January 1, 2014

January First – Octavio Paz   The year’s doors open like those of language, toward the unknown. Last night you told me: tomorrow we shall have to think up signs, sketch a landscape, fabricate a plan on the double page of day and paper. Tomorrow, we shall have to invent, once more, the reality of […]

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The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart

November 5, 2013

The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart How astonishing it is that language can almost mean, and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say, God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the words get it all wrong. We say bread and it means according to which nation. French has no word for […]

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don’t hurry

October 24, 2013

You come to reading books late in life. Don’t worry if you see the young ones ahead of you. Don’t hurry. You’re tired and ready to quit? Let your hands play music.    —Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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let the love that you are be what you do

July 10, 2013

We were recently blessed to welcome the newest member of our extended family. Since then he’s been turning up everywhere.

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