Poetry

Holiday Grace

One of the Family Frederick Cotman  1880   This week, instead of memorizing a poem for the Mnemosyne Weekly, I'll be spending time with family. But I'd still like to share a poem with you. No matter what...

A Season to Remember

for Miriam Some wounds, old wounds, with their ragged edges, with their hardened skin, never fully heal.   We sat in the dimmed living room, lights twinkling on the tree, listening to Christmas music, and she said, “My mother loved this time of year.”   I caught...

Mnemosyne Forty (Dickinson)

This Thursday, 12/13/12, I'll join twenty other fabulous poets to read at the Annual Gathering of the Poets Emily Dickinson Birthday Bash. The reading, which is hosted by Dave Parsons and the Montgomery County...

Not Enough Light

The milky way is not enough, the star-stream tapped from leaf veins, the indefatigable chloroplast, the hidden factory of golden nectar in loam, photons immolated in sacrifice to mold your bronze nakedness - still, not enough, not enough light! The sun...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Forty-One (Zagajewski)

I'd like to dedicate this week's Mnemosyne Weekly to the victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and their families and friends. The poem, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” written by one of...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Thirty-Nine (Amichai)

San Carlos Wildflowers John Fowler This week I've fallen in love with a new (to me) poet, Yehuda Amichai, whose selected poems I picked up at Half Price Books a few weeks ago and have been devouring...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Thirty-Eight (Adair)

  Photo Credit: ESA/Hubble A star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud This week's poem, "Riding a Koan," by Virginia Hamilton Adair, moves me for so many reasons. I love the way it sustains the extended metaphor...

The Art of Noticing

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.” ---Joseph Campbell Our multi-tasking/sound bite/microwave/remote-control culture encourages Noise instead of Noticing; Entertainment, not Engagement.  We have instant everything, from messages...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Thirty-Seven (Reznikoff)

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie A. Brownscombe This week for Mnemosyne I've selected, "Te Deum," a simple little poem of praise in honor of Thanksgiving. The poet, Charles Reznikoff  lived from 1894 - 1976 and was...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Thirty-Six (MacLeish)

A Black Bird With Snow Covered Red Hills by Georgia O'Keeffe Well, we've all got our ideas about what a poem should be--at least in my fantasy world, where everyone cares about poetry enough to debate...