Monthly Archives: January 2018

jan 19 – “that day you were absent from fourth grade”

Friday  January 19    —  “to stand still and listen to the wind” Last November 25 someone sent me this poem, acting on a hunch that the poet would capture my attention.  I place poems sent to me this way … Continue reading

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jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr and Mahalia

Wednesday  January 17  “Deeds, not words.” I have heard this thought expressed many times recently. It’s spoken with a conviction that words have done little to change things in desperate need of change. Words are empty or, worse, they are … Continue reading

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Jan 12 2016 Gerry Stockhausen, sj + r.i.p

Friday, January 12, 2018 Gerry Stockhausen passed two years ago today.  He was grieved by many women and men I know.  A beautiful presence in this university and in the lives of many people.  Six days after Stock, died we … Continue reading

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Jan 10 – Pope Francis in Manila

Wednesday, January 10  — today’s post is not a poem Yesterday and today, many people in Detroit have gathered to remember a wonderful man, who happens to be a Jesuit priest of many years (b. 1926), Jim O’Reilly, sj.  For … Continue reading

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Jan 8 – David Whyte “Good poetry begins . . . “

Monday  January 8 —  “In the silence that follows a great line” Snow falling this morning,  the McNichols Gate is wide open:   staff, faculty, students can taste new beginnings of a 15 week long term. David Whyte caught my … Continue reading

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Jan 5 — to Boston in winter: “There will be daffodils in the Back Bay”

Friday, January 5, 2018  “‘Bomb cyclone’ blasts Northeast with triple punch of snow, gusts and flooding”    {Washington Post late last night} view from my Detroit window Dec 2007 Boston is my second city, after Motown. I’ve lived there 7 different … Continue reading

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Jan 3 U Detroit Mercy in The Chronicle, AJCU Conversations, and in Jamaal May’s poetry

Wednesday,   January 3 Yesterday, the Chronicle of Higher Education led its 1st 2018 number with Lee Garner’s feature about our university and Wayne State, our neighbor c. 6 miles to the south.  A lot of us like “How to … Continue reading

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Jan 2 — a P.S. from one of our readers about grace in prisons

Tuesday,  January 2,  a postscript for yesterday’s post Readers often write comments on our posts,  frequently brief, as in “thanks for today’s poem;  I really needed that.”   But now and then someone writes at greater length and stops me … Continue reading

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January 1 – “Changing Ways’ by V.B. written in prison

Monday, 2018  — January 1 – Poem for the turning of the year Mary Ann Buckley, a soul friend of 40 years, wrote me on December 31 to introduce me to this lean and understated poem written by “a young … Continue reading

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