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Celebrating Detroit’s process of rebirth

Wednesday, May 31 I hadn’t begun to look for a poem this morning for today’s post, technically at least, the final post before Work Day/Hard Time’s summer break (back again August 1).  I was only browsing Crain’s Detroit Business before turning to … Continue reading

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May 26 — goodbyes over a half century in Pine Ridge Rez

Friday, May 26, 2017 Most of this year’s time on the Rez I’ve already lived;  I begin to ease into the kind of sadness that tells me that the beauty of these long friendships and the long love of this … Continue reading

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Wednesday April 24

Wednesday May 24,  a wisdom-saying born on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation “Time spent baking bread follows the pace of yeast” I slept in until almost 8:00 after a lovely evening with Don & Paulette Montileaux in Rapid City;  we talked about … Continue reading

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May 18 – – the days after commencement in Motown

Thursday May 18   about very old wine and time for contemplation A busy time in my work life rearranges this week’s calendar for posts,  Monday and Thursday instead of M-W-Fr.  An intuition sent me back to Fatema Keshavarz and her … Continue reading

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May 15 – a signed copy of Denise Levertov’s Freeing of the Dust

Monday after Commencement, May 15 Remembering when I lost my copy of The Freeing of the Dust;  remembering when a close friend restored the book with a signed copy.   Why am I thinking of this long loved love poem today? — … Continue reading

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May 8 – Speaking the wounds of war in springtime: World War I, Sarah Teasdale

Monday, May 8  “And frogs in the pools singing at night, And wild plum trees in tremulous white . . . ” I listened to a news report yesterday about the unique terrors of chemical weapons, those originating in chemical … Continue reading

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Denise Levertov – an Easter poem

Friday, May 5   “She listens, listens, holding her breath. Surely that voice is his . . . ” Sometimes a poet finds a poem in a painting.    As Denise Levertov did in this 1620 painting by Diego Velázquez; … Continue reading

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May 3 David Whyte – praise for the holy dark

Wednesday, May 3 – “Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn  .  .  .” I think I began to appreciate darkness as an ally in 1968, living in Oglala, South Dakota with Luke and … Continue reading

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easter day 8 – William Carlos Williams’ two starlings dancing

Monday, April 24  “that’s what got me to face into the wind’s teeth” Sometimes joy after grief awakens slowly, filled with stillness and soft footsteps.  Sometimes joy after grief runs so hard it messes your hair and makes you giddy. … Continue reading

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April 19 – Three Stone Cairns and One Bird – Andy Goldsworth and Emily Dickenson

Tuesday, April 19 — Three Cairns – sculpture This little boy exploring a large stone egg got me wondering the way art does. Two artists here, the sculptor and the mom with the camera. So I emailed his mom back … Continue reading

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