Jarring Wilderness for Future Use

Last night my wife was making homemade chocolate--the kind you crown a scoop of vanilla ice cream with. Her chocolate factory was initially profligate, bubbling in a large saucepan, but she tamed it by pouring it into Mason jars. Chocolate that rich begs for a smaller home like these little Mason jars, ribboned and destined …

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The Poetry of Moments in Time

Nothing captures the elusive moment like a poem. Novels are too ham-fisted. Short stories too neat and mindful of their Chekhovian rifles hanging on the wall ("The Big-Bang Theory"). And essays? Please. For poetry and moments, you need go no further than William Carlos Williams, famous for his dictum, "Say it! No ideas but in …

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The Famous Poets’ Turn: My Favorite Books by the Big-Wigs

  Yesterday I shared some enjoyable books by small, mom-and-pop authors like that guy I see in the mirror occasionally. You know. Poets working on their craft and still looking for a breakthrough when just the right poem hits just the right editor, allowing him or her to say, "Mais, oui!" to an unknown (which …

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My Personal Pantheon of Favorite Poetry Books: Part One

T'is the the season and shoppers are bustling to stores under silver bells on a midnight clear to buy last minute books. For fans of poetry, I thought I'd recap a few of my all-time favorites, both among the Soon-To-Be-Famous (the little guys, so to speak) and the Famous (the name recognition crowd). First things …

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W. S. Merwin’s “Remembering Summer”

We are but 11 days away from the shortest day of the year and the start of winter, December 21st. What better day to celebrate a new Merwin poem called "Remembering Summer"? It's found in W.S.'s (that's William Stanley's to you) newest collection, Garden Time, the title itself a reminder of summer, at least here …

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