Archive for September, 2016

Periodic Earth by Donna Fleischer | Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press


“< Periodic Earth >” by Donna Fleischer, has just been published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, Pueblo, CO, 2016, Kyle Laws, editor. The 28pp, saddle-stitched, soft cover chapbook of free verse poems may be purchased at Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.

Amy King and Camille Rankine

December 9th, 2016 7:30 pm At the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Sleepy Hollow, NY “Amy King and Camille Rankine will read from their most recent collection and discuss what they think i…

Source: Amy King and Camille Rankine

Beside a chrysanthemum by Midang Sŏ Chŏng-ju | Bamboo and Plum Blossom

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Midang Sŏ Chŏng-ju (1915-2000)

Beside a chrysanthemum

For one chrysanthemum to bloom
the nightingale
must have wept like that since spring.

For one chrysanthemum to bloom
the thunder
must have rolled like that in sombre clouds

Chrysanthemum! You look like my sister
standing before her mirror, just back
from far away, far away byways of youth,
where she was racked with longing and lack.

For your yellow petals to bloom
the frost must have come down like that last night
and I was not able to get to sleep.

Beside a chrysanthemum

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Rogha Gabriel: For Yaedi

For Yaedi

Looking out the window at the trees
and counting the leaves,
listening to a voice within
that tells me nothing is perfect
so why bother to try, I am thief
of my own time.  When I die
I want it to be said that I wasted
hours in feeling absolutely useless
and enjoyed it, sensing my life
more strongly than when I worked at it.
Now I know myself from a stone
or a sledgehammer.

         ~ David Ignatow ~

(New and Collected Poems, 1970-1985)


Source: Rogha Gabriel: For Yaedi

TOM CLARK: Small boy with large tin horn at Taj Mahal / Brecht: Everything Changes

A girl takes a picture of a lion in the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany: photo by Michael Probst / AP, 13 September 2016

Source: TOM CLARK: Small boy with large tin horn at Taj Mahal / Brecht: Everything Changes

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture – The New York Times

EMBROIDERED PILLOWCASE Rose, a slave, gave this pillowcase to her 9-year-old daughter when the girl was sold. The girl’s granddaughter, Ruth, later embroidered her family’s story onto it.

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

Source: The National Museum of African American History and Culture – The New York Times

I, Too by Langston Hughes – Poetry Foundation

I, Too


I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes, |
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes, “I, Too” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes. Reprinted with the permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.

Source: The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Books, 2004)

Source: I, Too by Langston Hughes – Poetry Foundation