A Poem for the Season of Exaltation: Zhukovsky’s “The Lark”

A Poem for the Season of Exaltation: Vasily Zhukovsky's "The Lark"

I confess I’m not much into spring poetry. The idea that spring is the season of poets is a super-cliché, and in my case, it’s not all that accurate. For me, fall and winter are the poetic seasons. They’re the times of introspection and reflection — of turning inward. Spring and summer are the seasons … Read more…

Audio Poem: Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Neighbor God”

In a small red purse in my bag, I keep a prayer card of the Holy Face. I’ve carried it with me for over a year now. Whenever I look at it, it pulls me down out of vanity, into the earth, into the darkness of the tomb where Christ’s body awaits the dawn and the rolling … Read more…

A Poem for When You’re About Ready to Give Up

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Much like “Bog,” this is an oldie, because at the moment I have nothing else. Honestly. That’s the primary reason. But bear with me, because there’s another reason, this one rather less humiliating. This is a poem about change … about things ending and beginning, and the scary stage in between. It’s a concept I’m half-battling, half-drowning … Read more…

Make This Poem Better: “Ursa Major Wakes in January”

Make This Poem Better: "Ursa Major Wakes in January"

It’s back! Last June, I posted a draft of “The Lime-and-Tequila Love Song” as a revision exercise. The idea was to see what different poets would do with a single rough draft … and to give you an exercise in creativity and voice. I was really excited about the response, so we’re back for another round. Like … Read more…

“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and Your Call to a Deeper Life

The Lake Isle of Innisfree and the Call to a Deeper Life

In the dark of the concert hall, as the voices of the chorale floated on air, I closed my eyes and saw myself on a snow-covered hill, trudging up through wilted stalks of tall grass and bare birch trunks. As I neared the summit, I saw in the distance, in a valley, the golden domes … Read more…