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Poem A Day: In Blackwater Woods

Poem A Day: In Blackwater Woods

I almost titled this post “To let it go” but then I realized that everyone will think I am going to blog about Frozen. I am not going to blog about Frozen. I promise. I swear. What I am going to blog about is the sadness of changes that happen to the places that have … Continue reading

A Poem A Day: The Hungry Bear

A Poem A Day: The Hungry Bear

This poem makes me stop and re-evaluate the trajectory of my life each and every time I read it. “I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.” Isn’t that what we all want? To … Continue reading

Poem A Day October: All This Hair

Poem A Day October: All This Hair

We women spend a lot of time on our hair, don’t we? I do. I found my first gray hair when I was 18, a senior in high school. A classmate loudly said, “Sarah, I see a gray hair!” It began.  A box of Feria and two hours in the bathroom. I’ve been doing it … Continue reading

Poem A Day October: Our First Apartment

Poem A Day October: Our First Apartment

Since finishing Hannah Coulter (my goodness YES I am still talking about this book), I have been thinking a lot about place, and the places that have made me. One of the biggest of these must be Chicago. I grew up when I moved to Chicago. I was truly on my own for the first … Continue reading

Poem A Day October: To My Mother

Poem A Day October: To My Mother

I finished Hannah Coulter last night. After spending the last 100 pages or so in tears, sometimes full on sobs, I can say I was somewhat relieved when it was over. But then, oh then, I was so desperate to know what happens next. To know if the farm lives on in the Culter family … Continue reading

A Poem A Day: An October Challenge

A Poem A Day: An October Challenge

In my deeply entrenched love for poetry, I have decided to share a poem a day for the whole of October. Since I am reading one of Wendell Berry’s novels, Hannah Coulter, at the moment, I’m going to kick off this bonanza of verse with one of Mr. Berry’s own. The Peace of Wild Things … Continue reading

Michaelmas and Chaos: Our Feast

Michaelmas and Chaos: Our Feast

This year, I said, I’m going to get my act together. We are going to celebrate the feast of St. Michael. We are going to eat a roasted animal and some kind of apple dessert. We are going to pray and damn it, there will be at least one angel craft. Never mind a few … Continue reading