Poem of the Week: Allowables, by Nikki Giovanni

ALLOWABLES   I killed a spider Not a murderous brown recluse Nor even a black widow And if the truth were told this Was only a small Sort of papery spider Who should have run When I picked up the book But she didn’t And she scared me And I smashed her   I don’tContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Allowables, by Nikki Giovanni”

Poem of the Week: The Only Portrait of Emily Dickinson by Irene McKinney

The Only Portrait of Emily Dickinson by Irene McKinney The straight neck held up out of the lace is bound with a black velvet band. She holds her mouth the way she chooses, the full underlip constrained by a small muscle. She doesn’t blink or look aside, although her left eye is considering a slant.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: The Only Portrait of Emily Dickinson by Irene McKinney”

Poem of the week: Discoverers of Chile by Pablo Neruda

Discoverers of Chile by Pablo Neruda, translated by Angel Flores   From the north Almagro brought his wrinkled lightning, and over the territory, amid explosion and twilight he bent day and night as over a chart. Shadow of thorns, shadow of thistle and wax the Spaniard united with his dry figure, watching the wounded strategiesContinue reading “Poem of the week: Discoverers of Chile by Pablo Neruda”

Poem of the Week: Green Pear Tree in September by Freya Manfred

Green Pear Tree in September BY FREYA MANFRED On a hill overlooking the Rock River my father’s pear tree shimmers, in perfect peace, covered with hundreds of ripe pears with pert tops, plump bottoms, and long curved leaves. Until the green-haloed tree rose up and sang hello, I had forgotten. . . He planted itContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Green Pear Tree in September by Freya Manfred”