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Lenten Prayer

20Feb08

O God, When you sent your Spirit on the beloved Son, A dove became a harbinger of suffering. When he arose from the waters of baptism, Your Spirit drove him into the wilds. Now, in these forty days of fasting and preparation, Remind us, we pray, of Christ’s sojourn in the wilderness. As we hunger, […]


There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers […]


Poetry and the Mouth: from the blog of the poet, Annie Finch Hart Crane by candlelight, Longfellow on a cake, and the scoop on the amazing Patricia Smith Sitting on the back porch on a very foggy Maine summer night, reading Hart Crane by flickering candlelight to Kazim Ali and his partner, I share with […]


The World is Too Much With Us The World is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon, The winds that will […]


Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet CXVI) Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It […]


Human beings suffer, they torture one another, they get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song can fully right a wrong inflicted and endured. The innocent in gaols beat on their bars together. A hunger-striker’s father stands in the graveyard dumb. The police widow in veils faints at the funeral home History […]


The Mad Farmer Liberation Front Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will be punched in a […]