Sunday, March 26, 2017



"All night, this soft rain from the distant past. 
No wonder I sometimes waken as a child."

from Starlight
by Ted Kooser




"It is the process of writing that urges the writer toward a poem’s 
most natural, most effective form. The decisions are best made en route."


from The Poetry Home Repair Manual
by Ted Kooser

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"I've learnt the beatitudes of ice
something sacred, something cold, 
demanding respect, a paraphernalia
of horned boots, cowl and padded vest,
for body nicely flexed to winter's mold"

from From Shovel to Self-propelled Blower:
The Immigrant's Progress

by Rienzi Crusz


-15C/5F

Saturday, March 4, 2017


"Reciting. They say candle-vigilant 
woods in high Arizona swirl
twisting upward out of red dust
miles of such emphasis.

Like them, dark on dark on dark."

from Hail Mary
by William Stafford




Giovanni Bellini 1488, Virgin with the Child and Saints.
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice