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Michael T. Young: The Monster Under My Daughter’s Bed

During bedtime my little spider monkey
asked what we’re doing about global warming

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Mulch Baptism

The green folds of hillside
in the distance will open like arms to embrace you,
our soils enriched by the return,
the reminder of who we all are.

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Cataract

Prayers and wonder in these arches flicker
into smoke and ash, a single, blind beating wing

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Scrawl

He likes to repeat to himself a phrase from a Keats letter: I will clamber through the clouds and exist. It steadies him like leaning against trees, or brewing coffee … Continue reading

November 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Gossip

Wind tore at trees outside the window. Shreds of leaves and bits of twig clicked at the glass all day. There was nothing to be done and little we could … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: What My Daughter Thinks of Herself

My daughter browses a book on puberty. It tells her not to worry about her hips getting big and how to watch her weight.   Even at eight she’s being … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Michael T. Young: An American Tree

A tree is never just a tree, it’s not just maple, spruce, or birch but always this tree rooted in American soil, its rot peculiar to this latitude and history, … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Bioluminescence

Old philosophers would call this look melancholia, but I see in this photo of my wife thinking weathers of competing beauty, someone who can be in two places at once: … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · 4 Comments

Michael T. Young: The Risk of Listening To Brahms

I like action movies for the same reason I like Brahms, or undiluted scotch, the constant flux of the sea, or the sun’s light and heat stripped down to raw … Continue reading

May 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Reading for Pleasure

I sometimes — no, often — have to say things out loud to understand them because that voice in my head doesn’t sound like me, doesn’t know that words have … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Honeybees

I’ve felt myself changed simply walking  into shade along a street; I’ve come suddenly upon the scent of snapdragon or heard a distant car crash and found my every thought … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: The Gun Gospels

I Litany   Let the congregation reply— raise your hands, cry and plead as we praise the holy names: Bushmaster, Smith & Wesson, Hi-Point, Remington.   But you misunderstand this … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

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