Recording of My Poem, “Icarus”

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Icarus

Currents of breath, the slight curve and lift
within a single motion, once

poised then released as if to say
the wind is mine, or wait,
I am alone –

the story we most fear, not height nor gravity’s
fist, but to exist apart, shadow and

mouth, rain and smile, feather
and sun, all denials reciprocal,

each tied fast and renewed.

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“Icarus” first appeared here in April 2016, and subsequently was published in The Basil O’Flaherty in November 2016.

Twilight

Ken G. writes about his dog. They bring us such joy, don’t they?

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Twilight

TwilightNo longer padding softly,
grace not a part of her
early twilight,
she paces,
looks,
as if listening.
But to what?

Answering
to hand prompts
when she sees them,
hearing is something
she barely remembers.

The pacing is short-lived.
She tires easily,
sleeps most of the time.
Watching her dream,
there are some things
she does remember.

Always thirsty.
Always.
Medication does that, but
also thirsty for attention.

If her tail is any indication,
she still loves life.
And those ears.
When they perk, she could
melt any heart.

She wants to be a border collie.
And, she will be.
For a little while longer.

 

Off-prompt for NaPoWriMo 2017 on Day 21 of National for  Month/Global Poetry Writing Month.

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Mushrooms I Have Known

 

 

 

Mushrooms I Have Known

Reticent and tired, withdrawn,
dejected, I return.

Emerging overnight from nothing,
then withering back to zero.

Does light incite you?
The shade?

I walk by and say hello.
You do not speak.

 

 

Two Places by Han Wo (translation)

Mary Tang does it again! Please check out her wonderful translations.

Life is But This 命

Han Wo 韓偓 was a child prodigy whose uncle, the famous Tang Dynasty poet Li Shang Yin 李商隱 wrote two poems about his brilliance.

Two Places by Han Wo (842 – 923)

Above us the calm mountain stretches

In front of here the clear creek runs

Think of the mountain and the water

Found in two place but always bound

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017

兩處。韓偓

樓上澹山橫,樓前溝水清。

憐山又憐水,兩處總牽情。

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a robert okaji triptych

José Angel Araguz discusses a few of my poems… The Friday Influence is one of the first poetry blogs I discovered; I enjoy reading José’s Friday musings. And his poetry!

The Friday Influence

Mirror – Robert Okaji

The attraction is not
unexpected. We see

what is placed
before us, not

what may be.
The mirror is empty

until approached.

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Italian_Baroque_MirrorThis week’s poems were originally published as part of the Origami Poems Project who create free, downloadable microchaps. “Mirror” and “Earth” (below) come from You Break What Falls, and “Sheng-yu’s Lament” (also below) comes from No Eye But the Moon’s: Adaptations from the Chinese. Both microchaps are availabe for free on Okaji’s Origami Poems author page.

What I enjoy about “Mirror” is how it engages the symbol of a mirror lyrically, so that the metaphysical connotations don’t weigh the poem down. Instead, the short lyric passes as quickly as a reflection, while its insights linger like light.

A similar engine is at the heart of “Earth.” Both poems deal with human presence and their implications. Where one fills the “empty”…

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3 Poems Up at Quiet Letter

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I’m delighted to announce that three of my poems are live at Quiet Letter. The three (“Cutting Down the Anniversary Pine,” “Strollermelon,” and “Memory and Closets“), were written during the 30/30 challenges I undertook during the past two Augusts to raise funds for Tupelo Press, a non-profit literary publisher.

Recording of “In Praise of Rain”

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In Praise of Rain

Which is not to say lightning or hail.
Sometimes I forget to open the umbrella

until my glasses remind me: Wake up, you’re
wet! If scarcity breeds

value, what is a thunderhead worth
in July? A light shower in August?

Even spreadsheets can’t tell us.

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“In Praise of Rain” has appeared here several times, but this is the recording’s debut.

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