Category Archives: Poems and Ponderings

POEM OF THE WEEK: Lorraine Troutman’s Roses

LORRAINE TROUTMAN’S ROSES for Dr. Aimee Kohn One season, between jobs and men, I potted pansies, weeded beds for cash. The air was cold, spring barely evident but [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: The Juggler

THE JUGGLER Look at the juggler balancing time! His hands intent on a touch, not a hold. He knows suspension is his paradigm. He throws up the terrible [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: Icarus

ICARUS It was his idea, this flying thing. We collected feathers at night, stuffing our pockets with mourning dove down. By day, we’d weave and glue them with [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: The Rain Rises

                        THE RAIN RISES The mist rises from the pavement after rain. The pavement rises, too, and [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: Let’s

  LET’S arrange our cups and plates on the floor in the shape of a clock. Watch time stand still. by Christine Hemp IMAGE:  Eszter Imre,    “Must [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: Beetle Backs and Wings

                        BEETLE BACKS AND WINGS I grabbed a shirt and wrapped the giant beetle in the cloth. [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: The Things That Keep Us Here

THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE I wouldn’t call them dream times exactly, those moments when the wind finds you folding clothes or putting the milk away. And [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: Vacant

VACANT My father told us never to look at the dead animals along the road. Our Ford sped past the stiff fuzzy guts, sometimes freshly spilled. It was [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: Even When

EVEN WHEN I close my eyes the light that was you burns against my lids. by Christine Hemp from “Looking For Your Name”         (Orchard [..]

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POEM OF THE WEEK: Tunneling

TUNNELING by Christine Hemp I have found my way down. Feverish, muddled, I dig deep through loam and stone. I jam my bleeding fingers behind stuck rocks, my [..]

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