And yet the dawn is ours

Amanda Gorman delivered this stirring poem of hers at Joe Biden’s Inauguration yesterday: The Hill We Climb When day comes we ask ourselves,where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry,a sea we must wadeWe’ve braved the belly of the beastWe’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peaceAnd the norms and notionsof whatContinue reading “And yet the dawn is ours”

Round the oval, round once more

Here’s another poem from How the Hand Behaves: Penmanship Our small hands grasped the pencils as we practiced the circles and loops in the Palmer Method workbook, pages lined like music composition sheets. Intoning the chant                                                                                     Round the oval, round once more, Keep your feet flat on the floor… We bonded the memory of connectionContinue reading “Round the oval, round once more”

Feel the tree bark

Here’s another poem from How the Hand Behaves: Go out to the woods and feel the tree bark Dogwood, elephant grey , mostly smooth, made small cracks. Blue Spruce made deep ones, blueish gray, hinting of moss. The old Magnolia, intermittently smooth, southern accent, waiting for those creamy blossoms, genteel belle with speckled freckles, liverContinue reading “Feel the tree bark”

a large, world-sized body change

I’ve been fascinated by the paintings of Remedios Varo. Here’s a poem I wrote about one of them: Remedios Varo paints “Mimesis” Woman melts into the chair, her neck and face the chair’s upholstery, her hands , claws on the chairs claws. Thighs and knees still there under her skirt, calves and feet now chairContinue reading “a large, world-sized body change”

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