Poem: New Year

Poem: New Year

Rosh Hashanah – Sept 29 thru Oct 1, 2019 published in Twig, Seattle Washington new year. Ned Hayes   Rosh Hashanah comes this year on a day of cool wind, a breathtaking portent of winter taking the world, rude lover tossing the sheets away. in autumn the...
In Memoriam: Poet Jane Mead

In Memoriam: Poet Jane Mead

I Have Been Living by Jane Mead   I have been living closer to the ocean than I thought – in a rocky cove thick with seaweed. It pulls me down when I go wading. Sometimes, to get back to land takes everything I have in me. Sometimes, to get back to land is the...
In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison died August 6, 2019. One of the seminal novelists of our generation, she revolutionized literature and changed the narratives we told about slavery and the experience of being American. Here are 5 poems by Toni Morrison, courtesy of The Believer...
Poem: The Present, W.S. Merwin

Poem: The Present, W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin 1927-2019 The walls join hands and It is tomorrow : The birds clucking to the horses, the horses Doing the numbers for the hell of it, The numbers playing the calendars, The saints marching in, It seems only yesterday, when what I keep saying to myself is...
MLK Day: A Langston Hughes Poem

MLK Day: A Langston Hughes Poem

The poet Langston Hughes was a great inspiration to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Examples of their connection are expansive. In 1956, King recited Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son” from the pulpit to honor his wife Coretta, who was celebrating her first Mother’s Day. That...
In Memory of Mary Oliver

In Memory of Mary Oliver

Poet Mary Oliver died today, at the age of 83. Here is one of her poems in memory of her life.   My Work is Loving the World –by Mary Oliver (Aug 15, 2016)   My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers...