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The Anachronist

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5In the year 1596, Anna is about to be burned at the stake. As the constable prepares to light the fire below her, she can do nothing but seek a solution in her own memory and imagination. The Anachronist is … Continue reading

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Brecht, To Future Generations

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16Bertolt Brecht, An die Nachgeborenen (1939), in my translation from the very simple and direct German. I Truly I live in dark times! A sincere word is folly. A smooth forehead Indicates insensitivity. If you’re laughing, You haven’t heard The … Continue reading

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three ages

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9 1. The sidewalk is significant. Its ridges hamper wheels, Its cracks harbor meadows And little things with wills. It is safe–the street, maleficent. It is hard–it doles out blows. 2. The sidewalk barely registers: Eyes on faces, signs, … Continue reading

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to a well traveled hidalgo

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9This will be hard to explain, so please lie Still and I’ll try to make it clear to you. It may have been a normal day; perhaps You were optimistic, out for a hunt. Something happened, though–a fall from … Continue reading

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The House of Atreus: A Play

Facebook18 Twitter0Total18Agamemnon is like: I can’t believe we’re still stuck in this place. I am totally tired of waiting around for wind. I’m going to sacrifice my youngest kid to Artemis. Tell her it’s her wedding, she can marry that … Continue reading

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voices

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13(in St. Paul, Minn.) Why does the owl, her nest turned into flames By an errant fire balloon, shriek as she flees? As the solo goose flaps his steady beat, Sea-bound, whom does he think will hear his honk? … Continue reading

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signal

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7Eight with twenty-one zeros. That’s how many Letters and numbers, dots, jots, tittles and clicks Our chatty species sent around this year– More than in a score of generations past. Into that wind-whipped Sonoran, I cast These sixty grains, … Continue reading

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nostalgia for now

Facebook17 Twitter0Total17Even in Kyoto hearing a cuckoo Basho missed Kyoto Basho missed Kyoto which is just a word to me but I hear Basho I hear Basho when the rain beats the windshield and I miss the rain In driving … Continue reading

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To Future Generations

Facebook20 Twitter0Total20A poem for the summer of Ferguson, Gaza, ISIS, and Ukraine: Bertolt Brecht’s An die Nachgeborenen (1939), in my translation from the very simple and direct German. I Truly I live in dark times! A sincere word is folly. … Continue reading

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found poetry

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14This may sound like Basho, but it’s actually from Tripadvisor, describing the Dilek National Park in western Turkey: Purest beach. Comfort of pine tree’s shadow. Wild pigs around of you and asking meal. Peaceful please in every season Not … Continue reading

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