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Mary Oliver Morning Poem

Mary Oliver Morning Poem

It's spring! The world is waking up again. Mary Oliver's "Morning Poem" reminds us of the constant cycle of new beginnings. In midwinter, it can be hard to really believe that the world will be green and full of life again. Even if we know it intellectually, we can...

Birches Robert Frost, a poem for mid-winter 2021

Birches Robert Frost, a poem for mid-winter 2021

"Birches" by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems, and a perfect poem for this moment... "Birches" is a beautiful midwinter poem, and I've been thinking about it a lot, especially this pandemic winter, when I've been longing for some escape. In the poem, the...

Swan by Mary Oliver for 2021

Swan by Mary Oliver for 2021

HAPPY 2021! I want to share  "Swan" by Mary Oliver for the new year. This powerful poem by Mary Oliver is about being present and about change. That might sound like a paradox: how can we both be present and invite change? For a long time, I struggled with that...

I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America

A poem for this moment— and every moment. Langston Hughes’ “I, Too” reminds us that everyone deserves a seat at the table. Come over to the post and read the poem and get free writing prompts.

The younger generation: climate activism

The younger generation: climate activism

I’m writing from Maine again. This week, we’re on the coast where, if we’re lucky, we can see the resident seal at the dock. We’re here with my almost-16-year-old daughter, Simone, and two of her friends; since all their summer plans were canceled, our families...

At this Pivotal Time

At this Pivotal Time

From the pandemic to police brutality to the call across the nation and the world for widesweeping reforms, this is a time of change... What we are seeing in the United States has much to do with voice: who is heard, who is listened to, and how do our voices impact...

How To Publish A Poetry Book

How To Publish A Poetry Book

If you are thinking about how to publish a poetry book, I recommend that you read this guide. It will walk you through the important steps of publishing a poetry book and will give you the tools you need, over the long term, to learn how to get poetry published. How...

I Said To The Wanting Creature By Kabir

I Said To The Wanting Creature By Kabir

Do you ever have times when words are both helpful and insufficient? This weekend was one of those times. A few months ago, my husband's much younger brother, Jonathan, died of a heart attack. On Saturday, we attended the memorial service. Jon had been living with...

Snowy Night by Mary Oliver

Snowy Night by Mary Oliver

I want to share with you a winter solstice poem. It’s so nice to be able to share what we enjoy and find helpful. The solstice is the darkest time of year, but it also is a time that reminds us of the lights around and within us. Mary Oliver’s poem, “Snowy Night,” is...

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