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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 02.20.2015 | 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.


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...


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...

A Dream We're Close to Living

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage explores a different sense of destiny. A Dream We're Close to Living I was given an insight when young, which arrived one day in...

The Practice of Courage

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

From the outside, being courageous seems a monumental canyon to cross, but inside the opened depth of any situation, it begins with a single step. Th...

Young Poet Explains The Essence Of Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts

"When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations," John F. Kennedy proclaimed. "When power narrows the areas of man's co...

I Contain Multitudes: Maia Mayor

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

I remember the day she brought it into the room. We were sitting in a circle, and Maia was seated to my right. We started at my left, which means she went last.

Being the Part, Feeling the Whole

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since we're each a living part in a living Whole, one challenging art in being human is to live out our particular life while comprehending the Whole....

This Social Media Heartthrob Is A Poet. And He Just Brought Poetry's Sexy Back.

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

Meet Tyler Knott Gregson. A photographer, author and buddhist who also happens to be one of the hottest poets in pop culture today thanks to social...

Saying Yes to Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the face of this gritty, mysterious, and ever-changing dynamic we call being alive, it's nothing short of heroic that we are asked to choose life a...

Polishing the Heart

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We all film the heart and we all polish the heart. We all move between these points of wakefulness and weariness. All the while, the resources of life wait like a great sea to cleanse us. This is why we polish the heart into a mirror -- to open and touch the place within us where all life lives, where all hearts feel, where all things resound through the inlet of our soul.

A Poet Remembers Journalist James Foley

Daniel Johnson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
Daniel Johnson

American reporter James Foley, who was killed in Syria in August, was -- and is -- a brother to me. As courageous as Jim was, however, I don't think that it was danger or violence that drew him to this harrowing work. Rather, it was peoples' stories