Monthly Archives: April 2018

Juan Felipe Herrera visits

Before he visits, I read Juan Felipe with thirty-five new friends, themselves born in twenty-three countries, and his words find my heart. “Look up and see the stars,” he writes, and I have done that especially when my life was … Continue reading

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There and back again

A great good thing about books is reading about there while staying comfortably in the back again … but into every hobbit hole with the kettle’s tune, yellow knocker, two breakfasts, gardens and lots and lots of pegs because you … Continue reading

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Three Poems by Isabel de Gruchy, South Africa

Grateful to post poems in three very different moods from Isabel De Gruchy’s newest book Not Done Yet. She writes in the opening words: By naming this collection of poems Not Done Yet I may be shouting defiance at the … Continue reading

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For Toronto, for Canada

O Toronto! We mourn your city streets — the broken lives, the silenced words, heartbeats. With saddened hearts we send our prayers, for those who grieve and those who fear both far and near. O Toronto, you stand for so much … Continue reading

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Reluctant Gratitude, for Nashvile

God of peace, we give thanks – for James Shaw who went out for waffles on Nashville’s south side and jumped a shooter — saving lives, risking his own, burning his hands, for first responders who go out again and … Continue reading

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Guest Posts — Ana Lisa de Jong and Jellaludin Rumi

So, here is the story on these two poems. I have been very lucky to read Ana Lisa de Jong’s upcoming book “Heart Psalms” so that I can write a “blurb” or endorsement for it. Wow! It is hard to … Continue reading

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Our Loss of Barbara Bush

God, I give thanks for Barbara Bush, who spoke her mind plainly, who loved deeply and for all her years, who claimed the power of women, named with honestly the dangers of generations of prejudice, and chose literacy as the … Continue reading

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