Monthly Archives: February 2018

You and I are call and response

Our second Broadside Lotus Press poet this week, Aneb Kgositsile (Dr. Gloria House), is the author of the collection Medicine: New and Selected Poems (2017). The book is the most recent co-publication by Broadside Lotus Press and the University of … Continue reading

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I am firmly planted

This week, in celebration of African American History Month, I am pleased to be guest editing and to share with A Work Day in Hard Times readers some of the most recent poetry published by Broadside Lotus Press. The 2015 merger of Dudley Randall’s … Continue reading

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february 23 – “there are birds here” Jamaal May

Friday February 23     ” And no his neighborhood is not like a war zone” We human beings who live and work in Detroit, 8 Mile down to the River,  live with many perceptions of Detroit.  Jamaal May’s “There are Birds … Continue reading

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march 24 — “The Guest House” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎)

Wednesday  February 21 “The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.” One of my soul friends of many years emailed Rumi’s “Guest House” yesterday.   When readers send poems, they create … Continue reading

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feb 19 – “When you listen, you reach . . . “

last posted on February 29, 2016 Monday,  February 19, 2018 “It can be your brain, your fingers, your toes, You can listen anywhere” Poems appear sometimes like this — a friend sends me a poem;  it sits on the edge of … Continue reading

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feb 14 – a mom-daughter love on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 14 Once again, a friend sent me a poem.  The poet, Linda Paston, writes of delicate surprises that run deeper than first notice suggests.    Her sensual remembering of an eight year old daughter  when she dares to … Continue reading

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Feb 12 – Connie de Biase died on February 10, one year ago

Monday, February 12  –  Connie de Biase died February 10, 2017 “your laugh once lifted me, your word was gift to me.”    Yahuda Halevi One of many people who miss Connie de Biase (died February 10, 2017) wrote me … Continue reading

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February 8 a Thursday post – e. e. cummings love poem

February 8, 2018 –   “nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands.“ e e cummings would have objected to my world view on just about every count, as I would his.  Which demonstrates to me that great poetry connects … Continue reading

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feb 7 – two poets — one Muslim, one Chaldean Catholic

Wednesday, February 7  – Dunya Mikhail “Yesterday, I lost a country” Warsan Shire “dear god i come from two countries one is thirsty the other is on fire both need water.” Harsh news these past days brought to mind how … Continue reading

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feb 2 -a little girl tugs at a tabe cloth

Feb 2 — “A Little Girl Tugs At The Tablecloth” Back from Santa Clara  (Advisory Board meeting)   here’s a long standing favorite poem for this Friday morning. have a blest weekend, jstsj   {from February 2016)     “. . … Continue reading

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