Category Archives: Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday – BEGINNINGS by John Harney

                                      Ricardo and I celebrated our 47th wedding annniversary this past week!  What does that have to do with Poetry Friday?  It gives me an excuse to post a love poem that is a favourite of mine, and which reminds … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – Rules of Sleep by Howard Moss

Howard Moss, the long-time poetry editor of The New Yorker, was himself a poet of note.  Here is one of his that I love.                                    RULES OF SLEEP In the sludge drawer of animals in arms, Where legs entwine to … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – TO THE GRASS OF AUTUMN – W. S. Merwin

Like so many others, I love the poems of W. S. Merwin.  His descriptions of places, of landscapes, take me deep into worlds that I experience for the first time. Today I offer you this seasonal special which takes us among … Continue reading

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Poetry Tuesday – TO SAINT LUKE

Back in 1993, I was teaching Church History to the grade elevens at a Catholic girls’ school, and in the early part of the course we studied The Acts of the Apostles, written by St. Luke.  I love that book of … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – THE SHROUD by Galway Kinnell

Hello to all Poetry Friday friends! Three reasons for my choosing this poem today:  I love what I know of the works of Galway Kinnell, and I must remind myself to look up more of his poems;  I’m being very … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – LILACS IN SEPTEMBER – Katha Pollitt

LILACS IN SEPTEMBER Shocked to the root like the lilac bush in the vacant lot by the hurricane– whose black  branch split by wind or rain has broken out unseasonably into these scant ash- colored blossoms lifted high as if … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – Dear George Eliot

                                                                       I’ve been re-reading Middlemarch for the fourth or fifth time–it’s never too many times–and so I cannot resist posting this poem for Poetry Friday.  I don’t know anything else by this author, but this poem has been with … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – The Rockettes by Deborah Digges

I can’t let another Friday pass by without posting a poem, so here you go! THE ROCKETTES My mother danced with the Rockettes one spring just to earn, she said, a little extra money after her daytime job nursing the … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – Sad Stories Told in Bars – William Matthews

                                        Poetry Friday again.  This time I have for you a short rhyming poem that is masterful in rhythm and sound, yet seems light and playful.  Playful, that is, until the last line, when Matthews brings us up short.  Ver-ry … Continue reading

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ALDERS by Amy Clampitt – Poetry Friday

                                                          Trying to find something from the past…this poem brings truth and strength to the task.  “Nothing’s / the way it was.”  “There are no promises,/…terse, tough, bleak, true…”  Should we even try to go there?  What will we find … Continue reading

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