Monthly Archives: April 2014

Poem a Day 2014: Return of Gemineye, “Poetic Bloodline” (#30)

“No good poem makes common sense: the essence of a good poem is the uncommonness of the sense it makes. It is a structuring of words in which many meanings, or meanings at many levels, are enacted. If we read … Continue reading

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Poem a Day 2014: Poe’s “Alone” (#29)

“Alone” From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were—I have not seen As others saw—I could not bring My passions from a common spring— From the same source I have not taken My sorrow—I could not awaken My … Continue reading

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Poem a Day 2014: New York City Haiku’s (#28)

Here are some of the haiku’s about New York City from the New York Times Haiku Challenge (selected by Marie Howe, New York state poet): Riding through the park no daffodils blooming yet — but unbuttoned coats. — Sharon Rousseau, … Continue reading

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Boston Theater: Fresh Ink Theatre’s 123

Greetings, Boston theatergoers. Today I got to see the matinee production of Fresh Ink Theatre’s play 123, directed by Shana Gozansky, and I highly recommend you go see the show at the Factory Theatre before it closes on May 3rd. It … Continue reading

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Poem a Day 2014: Czesław Miłosz, “To Allen Ginsberg” (#27)

“To Allen Ginsberg” Allen, you good man, great poet of the murderous century, who persisting in folly attained wisdom. I confess to you, my life was not as I would have liked it to be. And now, when it has … Continue reading

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Poem a Day 2014: Luis Palés Matos, “Gallo” (#26)

Back home, especially in the coastal areas of the country, cockfighting, the world’s oldest spectator sport, is a deep-rooted passion and a way of life. Whatever one feels about the questionable use of animals for violence and gambling, I think … Continue reading

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Poem a Day 2014: Javon Johnson, “cuz he’s black” (#25)

As I was reading a New York Times piece on the 90th anniversary of the birth of James Baldwin, and an essay in Poetry Magazine by Nikky Finney on how Baldwin taught her “the power of rain,” I was reminded … Continue reading

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