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Doug Anderson: Another Birthday and the Heart Sutra

Now well past the age T’Ang poets sent old men to the mountains to wander and live close to the bone. How a sudden gust could sound a chord through … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Lapses of Rain

Even in dreams, I fail to recognize these men. They are white blurs, edgeless, still talking. They turn rivers into sludge. Eagles into silica; air to lead.  I wake up, … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chuck Taylor: In the Woods Near Cut and Shoot, Texas

You brought her off the road And laid her on the kitchen Table – road kill, gorgeous, her pelt Clean, vigorous, youthful. Under the kitchen Fluorescent she seemed full of … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Dhayaa’

In my language the word for loss is a wide-open cry, a gaping endless possibility. In English loss sounds to me like one shuddering blow to the heart, all sorrow … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Jo McDougall: A Way With Mules

I don’t like writing about the dead, conjuring them in language that some of them never would have used— pushing them onstage, saying, “Go. It doesn’t have to be the … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Birthday in Beijing

April thunderclouds in battleship formation but the rain is light as we touch down. At last, the swarming, noisy, candy-   colored streets of the city. Breakfast: soy boiled eggs, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: In Praise of Spring

As I got down from the car after shopping, my wife led me to the side yard. She pointed down into the tangle of winter grass and let me discover … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Petition

Notice is directed to unknown father, whereabouts unknown. Twitching in a patch of daylight, gulping Cold grits and water, tramping through dust. Dogs forget to bark.   Motion is submitted, … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Arabic Lesson

Unlike the illiterate villager in an Arab novel I know alef from a telegraph pole single stroke of the definite article first letter of my French name I have chanted … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Richard St. John: The Sparrows of Bahrain

Behind Beit Al Qur’an – its thirteen centuries of texts enshrined in glass, where you can see beneath a lens the holy verses on a grain of rice – the … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

William Butler Yeats: The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Mighty Sam McClain — When The Hurt Is Over

. Samuel McClain (1943 – 2015), billed as Mighty Sam McClain, was an American blues singer and songwriter. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, McClain began singing at the age of five … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Tyehimba Jess reads “Negro Migration”

. . Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his collection Olio,  was born in Detroit and earned his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment