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jan 22 – “but not to take away the precious dark”

“Holy Dark” a Repetition according to St. Ignatius Posted on January 23, 2014 by In The Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius teaches methods of prayer.  One of the most important he calls the “Repetition.” (i.e., “Attention should be paid to some more important [remembered] places … Continue reading

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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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