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August 23 — sending your daughter off into the world – Richard Wilbur “The Writer”

Friday, August 23, 2019 “Young as she is, the stuff Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy: I wish her a lucky passage.” Students moved into our residence halls these past several days.  Moms and … Continue reading

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August 16 – Maria Ibarra Frayre – “what it means to be Catholic when you’re a young, liberal, feminist . . . “

Friday,  August 6, 2019 Maria emailed this poem to the Poetry List in August 2018;   I emailed back: this is a very strong poem;  I would be willing to publish it as “anonymous.”   Maria wrote me back;   … Continue reading

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August 14 — “Rutabaga” — a peasant guest at any meal”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  — “Through you we eat sunlight” I had another poem queued up for today, but Laura Grace Weldon’s hymn to a Rutabaga took my imagination by storm.  No . . . perhaps not a storm, perhaps … Continue reading

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August 12 – U.S Poet Laureate – “Which Joy Harjo poem”?

Monday August 12 – “which Joy Harjo poem”? There are so many possible answers to this question.   Our campus is not yet used to all the rhythms of a fresh work year; we are still a little rusty about that … Continue reading

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August 9 – First full work week, academic year, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019 This Friday recalls Friday May 31 – when the Poetry List went on summer break.   Together with last Monday’s Mary Oliver voice, Thomas Merton opens week one with the same words with which he concluded … Continue reading

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Monday, August 5 – Poetry List summer break ends today with Mary Oliver

“One day you finally knew what you had to do” Readers often surprise me with stories about a poem or a poet or self stories about insight and decision.  Sometimes the stories take me back to September 2013 when this … Continue reading

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May 31 – Summer begins

Friday, May 31  –  Thomas Merton “Let no one touch this gentle sun  — In whose dark eye  — Someone is awake.” For this last poem of the academic year, I looked back to May of 2015 for a strong … Continue reading

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May 28 “Renewed Commitment of the Jesuit Refugee Service”

Tuesday,  May 28  JRS  — “Home”  Warsan Shire Thinking, on Memorial Day, about tomorrow’s post on May 28;  my remembering killed and maimed soldiers and honoring their sufferings intersected with reading a world wide letter from the Superior General of … Continue reading

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May 22 – still tulip time

May 22, 2019 “to keep his date with love” Today, a little past mid May, during an iffy spring alive with teasing weather, feels like a good day to read W. H. Auden’s puckish celebration of love’s passion and tenderness … Continue reading

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May 17 – first Friday after Commencement days – Fatemeh Keshavarz

friday after Friday, May 17 –   about very old wine and time for contemplation “My city is That cup of sunshine I can drink to the last drop And be thirsty for more.” On this first Friday of the … Continue reading

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