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Michael Simms: My debut novel is being launched tonight

This evening the rap artist and filmmaker Christian Nowlin will be helping me launch my debut novel BICYCLES OF THE GODS: A DIVINE COMEDY.

September 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Anonymous from the Han Dynasty

What a relief to sit by the waterfall
and let my mind go like this, each thought
a bubble rising from the bottom of a pond

November 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Donald Krieger: Hiroshima Haiku

memorial bridge
ahead and in my rearview
winged souls drift by

August 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sam Hamill — To the Tune: Sands of the Washing Stream

The pear blossoms fade and die,
and I can’t keep them from falling.

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: After Morning Rain

It is September, the end of summer.
My backyard maples turning orange
and red and gold.

September 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Awakening

The monk sits
upright, unmoving
in the garden

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Woof

I take Buster out for his walk, above us, wild geese fly south, honking, going nowhere, geese without edges,  no longer geese. Where did they go? asked Baso. “Away,” Hyakujo … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Nightingales of Kifissia

After years of mourning,
I was awakened one dawn
to the sound of doves
above the empty streets of Paris.

February 28, 2019 · 3 Comments

Sam Hamill: When Eagles Fly

I don’t know how we do it, how we struggle to find happiness in this brutal world.   I sat a long time watching a few sailboats meander around Fidalgo … Continue reading

December 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Juniper White: Pulse Oximetry

For Sam . Propped on pillows, eyes closed, cannula askew, the machine indifferently   draws and whirs oxygen puffs, and you breathe as you can. I settle down beside,   … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: In the Company of Ancient Masters

It is autumn in the autumn of my life. I sit on my deck in the evening light and watch a slow boat pass by.   Tonight, a woman I … Continue reading

November 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Odysseus in Paris, 6 a.m.

I’m leaning out the window, looking up Rue Pascal, up the hill toward Mouffetard, where soon the markets will overflow with fresh produce and fish, and dozens of restaurants will … Continue reading

September 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Three Poems

Septuagenarian Sitting alone in late summer twilight sipping cold sake reading the obituaries of my friends . To Margaret, the Librarian It was a librarian who first showed me how … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Sam Hamill: Remembering Kenneth Rexroth

The maple leaves are always green up here, and the waters of the Sound always blue. I have been thinking of you all day, at least since breezes pushed the … Continue reading

May 22, 2018 · 3 Comments

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