Category Archives: Mission and Identity

May 23 – William Carlos Williams – a surprise close connection across decades

Wednesday May 23 “It turns out that Williams, despite fragile health in his later years, mentored younger poets at his home. One of them was Denise Levertov, a favorite of yours.” I met “George” (sun glasses . . .  the note just below) … Continue reading

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May 14 — Commencement Week just ended

Monday May 14 — “A silence in which another voice may speak”   Mary Oliver {a memory from 2014’s ceremonies}:   “In Dentistry many graduates are hooded by one or two or three of their kin who are already dentists; In Law … Continue reading

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May 9 — Howard Gray died

Wednesday May 9   “it is more important to be grateful for your love . . . ” Howard Gray’s unexpected death stunned many people.  Mutual friends wrote me and we reminded one another of the wisdom and kindness he brought … Continue reading

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Commencement week – a shout out for graduates, families, and mentors

Monday, May 7  — Gerard Manly Hopkins, sj  —  beauty & courage This week the university holds three commencements.  Graduates,  families and friends infuse fresh wonder and pride into these ancient rituals of achievement.  Moms and dads, relatives and friends … Continue reading

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May 4 – about early spring up North + a news note about hip surgery

Friday,  May 4  –  “I watch the spring come slow-ly” Traveling north-south, south-north during season changing time lets trees and ground plants show their stuff to visitors.  Readers from where I live in Detroit will recognize in the poem how … Continue reading

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May 2 – Denise Levertov – Agnus Dei”

May’s 1st Wednesday   “What terror lies concealed in strangest words, O lamb of God that taketh away the Sins of the World” Once again, as so often now 4 years deep in poetry posts and c. 2500 readers strong, … Continue reading

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April 30 Jim Janda mystic – pilgrim – poet

Monday,  April 30 “The Town in March” Jim Janda lived as a mystic pilgrim for most of his 74 years. He died August 7, 2010 in Salt Lake City, a priest of that diocese since 1996. Jim also lived for a quarter … Continue reading

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April 27 improbable play

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.  Today’s poem is that 2nd kind of joy.  Whenever I hear what William … Continue reading

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April 25 – David Hinton, a poet new to me — “Desert”

Wednesday April 25  “gazing out, the old masters say. It seems easy enough.           But . . . ” This habit of beginning three work days a week with a poem often stretches my imagination; David Hinton’s few words in … Continue reading

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April 23 It begins to smell like spring

Monday, April 23,  “What is all this juice and all this joy?” Gerard Manley Hopkins, sj wrote  “Spring” in language alive with sensual delight, a breath of  fresh air after this April’s ice storms and cold winds.  “Risk some delight” … Continue reading

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