Poetry

Juan Felipe Herrera

Episode 62: Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the current U.S. Poet Laureate and author of 28 books of poetry, YA novels, and collections for children.

A Deep but Dazzling Darkness

I think one of the greatest of metaphysical poems is Henry Vaughan’s masterpiece “The Night.” The poem takes as its inspiration the scene from the third chapter of John, Nicodemus visiting Jesus by night....

Mnemosyne Fifteen (Rumi), with an introduction to Rasoul Shams

  This week's posting will serve a dual purpose. In addition to announcing the new Mnemosyne poem (embedded in the photo above), I'd like to also announce that I'll be interviewing its translator, Rasoul Shams,...

Home

I I am suffocating. The stairwell is heated by dozens of bodies, climbing up, like salmon, searching for the light. I emerge from the underworld, sucking stale air into my lungs. Beads of salt water scatter and evaporate, while others form rivulets from hairline to chin.   I have...

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...

e.e. cummings and the Easter Season

e.e. cummings is one of my favorite poets – most people recognize him for his refusal to capitalize, his odd punctuation, his unorthodox use of space, and his inventive diction. M. L. Rosenthal wrote in...

A Little Nightmusic

2013 Tiferet Writing Contest: Honorable Mention in Poetry A Little Nightmusic by Ami Kaye Her sheer veil streams in a pale mist, the crimson lahenga swirls around her running form, she smells the crushed grass beneath her naked feet. I want...

Our Victory

If there is ever a book that saves us it will be a contemplation of Love without pretext or association with idols. It will be about knowing the mystery is boundless and choosing life...

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...

Summer Light – by JoyAnne O’Donnell

The blue sky sings with the summer's flowers white daisies the color of clouds wonders the sand so soft blessing us freeing our spirit's bus to rest and revive to wonder and survive.