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“In a Dark Time”

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I was sitting with my friend Curtis in his backyard the other night.  It was balmy for March.  I had my feet up and I was smoking a nice Arturo Fuente and drinking Curtis’s fine bourbon over ice.  Since Curtis … Read more »

“I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.”

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A few weeks ago I shared a poem with you here called “I Knew a Woman,” by Theodore Roethke.  I seem to be in my Roethke period.  Whenever I read someone who says, better than I ever could, what I … Read more »

What’s freedom for? To know eternity.

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I spent last evening reading Theodore Roethke.  So here’s a gift.  “I Knew a Woman” is perhaps the most famous of his poems, but the best poems are like your dearest friends—if they show up unexpectedly, it’s always worthwhile to … Read more »

Do Not Go Gentle into that Bucket of Pine-Sol

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I’ve never understood why I have to do stuff.  Why can’t I just sit here?  Or better yet, just lie here?  Go ahead—leave me be and in seconds I’ll be supine.  You won’t have to look far to find me . … Read more »