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A Tribute to the Ashokan Farewell

Of a Particular Piece of North American Music                       (Ashokan Farewell, Jay Ungar, 1982) Listen to the Ashokan Farewell   Its first       utterances     stir me, open, display, flatten      me, as if            I were a…

Noblesse Oblige

A medallion of liverwurst, a dish of warm milk.  Even these, you hardly wanted in the end.  You looked at the water in your bowl as if it were a stranger to you.  No more did you come to the kitchen at the sound…

Six Thoughts On Mary Oliver

Mary, who helps us remember tenderness when we find an insect on our pillow, or a bat in the house. Mary, who reminds us of a hundred walks in the wilderness, even as we stare at lamp-lit sheetrock and worry about work. Mary, who tells us what we knew the moment we…

Constance

I wrote this poem to honor Constance Person, my English Lit teacher in my senior year of high school.  It was a large class and she always had the desks arranged in the shape of a square with an opening near the chalkboard.  But she spent…

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