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August 17 – last day of this new academic year’s 1st week – David Whyte

Friday, August 17  “You are not leaving. Even as the light fades quickly now, you are arriving.” This week, it seems, is packed with one-off start-of-the-year events:  a gathering of c. 1000 teachers from the Detroit Catholic school system,  Betsy, … Continue reading

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August 15 – “The Discovery of Sex” Debra Spencer

Wednesday, August 15 “Our parents look on in disbelief as we pioneer delights they thought only they knew before those delights gave them us.” Perhaps I like this Debra Spencer poem the way I like several other of her poems. … Continue reading

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Monday August 13 – My brother Bill turns 82 today

Monday, August 13  –  “  . . .  How big is my heart, I wonder?” I’d looked at two or three poems before this one ran into me.  Bam!  So precise, so demanding.    At times, when looking for a … Continue reading

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August 10 Rutabaga, a poem for August

Friday, August 10  “Though your seeds are tiny you grow with fierce will” My sibs and are going to take advantage of what looks to be a rain-free day and check out the many ways the city interacts with the … Continue reading

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“If Grand River Were a River”

Wednesday, August 8  “If Grand River were a river, I would walk along its banks From village to village, If Grand River were a river, Children could dance at water’s edge, Dances of freedom.” With thanks to Rosemary, here is … Continue reading

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August 6 – Jamaal May “there are birds here”

Monday, August 6 –   “And no his neighborhood is not like a war zone” We, who live and work in Detroit, 8 Mile Road down to the River, we  live with many perceptions of Detroit.  Jamaal May’s “There are Birds … Continue reading

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August 2 – Work Day in a Hard Time poetry list begins its 10 month year of regular poems

Thursday,  August 2, 2018 —  “then it is that the miracle walks in, on his swift feet . . .” Is it harder to stand still in a place of grief or a place of joy?   A year ago … Continue reading

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July 4 — what is home in hard times? where ?

On US Independence Day,  I thought of a Warsan Shire poem.   She shares the US dream and ideal of immigrants everywhere; risking death or wounds to find a welcoming place to sleep,  to cook, to hold one another free from … Continue reading

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June 25 – Five Days After Surgery

Monday, June 25 – “Be one word in this great love poem we are writing together”  Oriah Mountain Dreamer Please see the update below on John Staudenmaier SJ from Beth Finster SSJ: I went to see John on Saturday, and … Continue reading

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June 21 – First Day of Summer + First Day After Surgery

Thursday, June 21 – “May the new sun’s rising grace us with gratitude”  J. Philip Newell John Staudenmaier was released from the hospital today after two physical therapy sessions.  He is now continuing his recovery at Colombiere in Clarkston, Michigan.  Thank … Continue reading

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