Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Slabsides Poets

I’ve visited Arrowhead in the Berkshires, the yellow house where young Herman Melville set himself up as a country squire to finish Moby Dick, perhaps inspired by the whale-humped profile of Mt. Graylock outside his window. I’ve also been to … Continue reading

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Ignatz Enters Poetry

For years I was a philistine. I believed that poems should draw upon life experiences, memories of what I’d loved and lost, or what had disturbed me once and disturbed me still. Poems shouldn’t be op-eds, ten cent philosophies, or … Continue reading

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Bertha Rogers Understands Vultures

People refuse to see vultures, those common black bombers leisurely patrolling our skies. Two examples. Years ago, I stood on Monument Mountain in the Berkshires, which has rugged white outcroppings of quartzite like the raw uncut blocks for marble statues; … Continue reading

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Mary Kathryn Jablonski Triple Feature

Three autumns ago, Mary Kathryn Jablonski and I co-featured at the Woodstock Poetry Society. She read from her chapbook, To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met, while I read from My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse plus a … Continue reading

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Hope and Fear at the Hudson Small Press Fair

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron asks us to believe in synchronicity. And, sure enough, once you look, you find it. Two years ago this spring I took an Artist’s Way course taught by Dan Region in Hudson, which recharged … Continue reading

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Barbara Adams Grandmother’s Wisdom

Not for nothing does Barbara Adams’s “Babyskin: Notes for a Grandchild” appear as the first poem in the anthology Child of my Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents. This poem has a commanding voice, the wisdom of someone who has … Continue reading

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Alison Koffler’s Mythical Beasts

I’m partial to Alison Koffler’s mythical beast poems because I was present at the inception. For the first, we gathered on a gray winter Sunday at the Pond House downhill from Slabsides, John Burroughs’s historic writing cottage nestled on a … Continue reading

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