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Poem of the Month: The Yellow Tulip

  The Yellow Tulip For weeks it struggled through the hard crust of the spring earth and a foot of air Just to be scorched by the sun jolted by raindrops blasted by the wind But on this gentle May morning as it opens yellow petals to the sky Nothing else matters –George Swede ​(c) […]

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Poem of the Month: How to Eat a Poem

It’s April! And that means it’s National Poetry Month in the US! To “let the wild rumpus begin,” we’ll kick off the month with Eve Merriam’s classic “How to Eat a Poem.” And all month, the prompts in the Prompt Jar will be drawn from snippets from poems. If you’re looking for a poem to […]

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Poem of the Month: First Snow, Mary Oliver

This month’s poem comes from the inimitable Mary Oliver, from her collection American Primitive. Our abundant thanks go to Ms. Oliver for letting us see the world through her eyes…     First Snow The snow began here this morning and all day continued, its white rhetoric everywhere calling us back to why, how, whence such […]

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Poem of the Month, Sept 2013: Postscript

Seamus Heaney, often described as the greatest Irish poet since William Butler Yeats, died August 30 at the age of 74.  Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. The Washington Post writes: “He left behind a half-century’s body of work that sought to capture the essence of his experience: the sour smells and […]

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