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In the Thin Places, a poem

In the Thin Places, a poem

Heaven and earth, the Celtic saying goes, are only three feet apart, but in thin places, that distance is even shorter. Eric Weiner, "Where Heaven ... Continue reading
The Butcher Birds, a poem

The Butcher Birds, a poem

Each morning as we walk the farm's perimeter, we find victims of the butcher birds: grasshoppers, beetles, lizards, frogs, snakes, mice, impaled on cactus spines, ... Continue reading
While the Music Lasts: A Poem to My Younger Self

While the Music Lasts: A Poem to My Younger Self

For most of us, there is only the unattended Moment… or music heard so deeply That it is not heard at all, but you are ... Continue reading

Excerpts from

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs

Auggie Vernon and the Eclipse

Auggie Vernon and the Eclipse

He has everything he needs set up in the back yard: two triangular UPS shipping tubes held together by duct tape in the middle, with ... Continue reading
Field Trip to the Serpent Mound

Field Trip to the Serpent Mound

Once again our professor reminds us that we have not come here to see the Serpent Mound but to see the geological formations beside it, ... Continue reading
Holiday

Holiday

  Day followed day, and this and that Seemed to be happening As always, but through it all Already loneliness was seeping. Anna Ahkmatova I ... Continue reading
Portrait of the Poet as a Woman

Portrait of the Poet as a Woman

Your second wife calls to say that the children get ill after you bring them home Sunday night it must be something they eat what ... Continue reading
Should, Should Not

Should, Should Not

after a poem by Czeslaw Milosz A woman should not love a man, but if she does, she should keep the child of their breath ... Continue reading
The Lies Our Parents Tell Us

The Lies Our Parents Tell Us

The Lies Our Parents Tell Us begin in childhood: you're not dumb, you were not an accident, the sight of you doesn't make us sick, ... Continue reading
The Toast

The Toast

To God, Who did not save us. (after a poem by Anna Ahkmatova) Let’s drink a toast to this dreadful old house, filled with lost ... Continue reading

Excerpts from

Where Lightning Strikes:
Poems on The Holocaust

Lager-Lieder (Camp Songs)

Lager-Lieder (Camp Songs)

Not last night but the night before, twenty- four Gestapo came knocking at the door. As we ran out, they ran in, and this is ... Continue reading
Letter to Sylvia

Letter to Sylvia

I praised the dead, which are already dead, more than the living, who are yet alive. Ecclesiastes 4:2 For years, whenever I thought of visiting you, a certain ... Continue reading
On the Other Hand,

On the Other Hand,

On the Other Hand, death: not everyone’s favorite topic of conversation, I know, but some things they have to be talked about, they can’t be ... Continue reading
Survivor: One Who Survives

Survivor: One Who Survives

The only difference between a madman and myself is that I am not mad. Salvador Dali Four or five times a day, steamy baths fog away her ... Continue reading
The Day the Snakes Came

The Day the Snakes Came

We thought, at first, that we were imagining them: that sliver of disturbed dust by the sidewalk, that hint of damp on the kitchen floor ... Continue reading
The Dead Bodies that Line the Streets

The Dead Bodies that Line the Streets

The Dead Bodies that Line the Streets chatter and snipe at me constantly, as if I were responsible for their being there. But I ignore ... Continue reading