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A Friend Is...

Stanley Ely | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

My friend was a person of value whom I foolishly discarded. I stopped at some point replying to her Christmas cards. I hope she didn't feel hurt, but likely she did. For her, I let "a friend is' become "a friend was."

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I'm not sure I would call it a progression so much as a deepening of consciousness throughout the books. Hopefully we have an increasing sense of truthfulness about ourselves as we grow older, and we grow strong enough to both own and share this."

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems From The First Year Without My Father By Bryan Borland

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Michael Ernest Sweet

There is a distinct pleasure in rediscovering a favorite book. There is both familiarity and newness. We read words we've read before, and yet we re...

The Bibliography of Strings

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

And you taught me what this feels like. And then how it feels to lose it. And you showed me who I wanted. And then who I wasn't. And you ticked every box. And then drew a line.

The Peaceful Poetics of Afaa Michael Weaver

Ben Evans | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Ben Evans

These days, I've come to believe that the value of suffering lies not in the artistic material it provides, but in the peace and clarity of vision its endurance affords. The poet Afaa Michael Weaver seems to lend evidence to this.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

The pain of the loss was startling and nervous-system-changing: it's no new revelation that nothing makes us really believe in our own mortality like the death of a parent.

Call Me What You Like; They Call Me 'Mom'

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Lulu Salavegsen

Most of those moments depart as swiftly as they arrive because we can't find a sock, or a school form needs to be signed while a reading level book gets sounded out.

Tomas Tranströmer: "The Music Says Freedom Exists"

Louisiana Channel | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

When we visited him, the poet offered to play a piece of music for the camera. In this video, we hear the voice of Tomas Tranströmer reading "Allegro," one of his most famous poems related to music.

The Last Ringmaster

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."

Poet David Baker on His Craft and Process

Ben Evans | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Ben Evans

Earlier this month, poet and contributing editor to Fogged Clarity Daniel DeVaughn interviewed the distinguished poet (and poetry editor of The Kenyon Review) David Baker about Robert Frost.

Langston Hughes' 113th Birthday Honored Through Cool Google Doodle

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Google on Sunday celebrated what would have been the 113th birthday of famed African-American poet and social activist Langston Hughes through a power...

Remembering Tomaž Šalamun

Christopher Merrill | Posted 02.28.2015 | Books
Christopher Merrill

Tomaž Šalamun was in fact a gift from the gods, a soft-spoken man blessed with the gentlest soul, and this gift, his poems, will keep on giving for a very long time. They will survive.

Admitting Who We Are

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

So much of our aliveness depends on how open we can remain. This piece looks at how we can let in what matters. Admitting Who We Are So how do we pa...

Kenneth Goldsmith: Reads Traffic Reports to Obama

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Plagiarism, file sharing, inauthenticity and insincerity. Vivacious American poet, Kenneth Goldsmith, was unfazed about entertaining the White House: "I just said the things that I normally say."

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life waits irrepressibly under all the clouds that come and go. This happens within us as well as in the world. This poem speaks to our need to be where we are.

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's humbling how fear can rearrange our eyes. This piece describes a personal example of this.

Mark Strand

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

On June 27th, 1980, before his MacArthur fellowship, his Pulitzer Prize and his Poet Laureate gig, Mark Strand visited my East Village studio for a portrait.

Nectar

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life tries to lure us into the open, the way sunlight opens a flower after a storm. This poem explores the life-force that calls to us. Nectar Like ...

My Father's Spirit Left His Body

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria published my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the ...

The Fifth Element

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I admit I've known the lift of the beatific ocean of Spirit and the crash of the world's great wave. And no matter what is taken away, I try to accept everything as a blessing. I try to put down my mask and sword and keep entering life.

The Courage Not to Waste Our Gifts

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on and heart-on will reveal. And we can't fully know our gift alone. We need each other to discover the gift, to believe in the gift.

Jupiter and the Bee

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter how often we fall, the gift of wakeful effort allows us to find our way back to what is heartening and affirming, without denying the suffer...

Gentleness

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The sweet blind boy tells everyone who asks that the heart wakes slowly, and only our gentleness -- our willingness to sink into the depth of things and wait -- will let us see and make our way.

Aslan and the White Witch

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage speaks to the turning points of resilience that are always near. Aslan and the White Witch We always have the choice to be one who affi...