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...
Poem: American Journal

Poem: American Journal

[American Journal] Robert Hayden, 1913 – 1980 here among them the americans this baffling multi people        extremes and variegations        their noise  restlessness        their almost...
Poem: The Trees, Philip Larkin

Poem: The Trees, Philip Larkin

(used as the epigraph in my novel The Eagle Tree) The Trees Philip Larkin The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief. Is it that they are born again And we grow old? No, they...