HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

The Dumka by B. H. Fairchild for Valentine’s Day: His parents would sit alone together on the blue divan in the small living room listening to Dvorak’s piano quintet. They would sit there in their old age, side by side, quite still, backs rigid, hands in their laps, and look straight ahead at the yellow … Continue reading

THE POETRY OF ROBERT OKAJI

Robert Okaji’s work has appeared in various reviews, anthologies, and chapbooks. His inciteful and often whimsical poetry celebrates the ordinary as extraordinary. This poem Two Cranes on a Snowy Pine (after Hokusai)  is taken from his latest book From Every Moment a Second. Who knows where bird begins and tree ends, which branch shifts snow, which bears … Continue reading

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

It seems fitting in honor of Martin Luther King Day to re-post Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, the poem that graces The Statue of Liberty. When this country’s president is dismantling its democracy and leaving its reputation in tatters, it’s well to remember that  stronger and finer minds, spirits, and ideas have prevailed in the … Continue reading

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE — A REVIEW

My take on U2’s extraordinary new release SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE – A REVIEW U2’S SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, arduous in the making—three years, nine producers, fifteen engineers—is outstanding both musically and lyrically, a classic in sound and vision, but for the occasional overreach for updated uber ‘relevance’. To me the ‘production’ focus … Continue reading

POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

In remembrance of the countless sacrifices made in defense of democracy and freedom, which are being challenged all around the world, here is a poem by a British poet that gets to the heart of the matter. Though recorded in one of my journals, I neglected to note the author’s name. THE RETURN His land … Continue reading

ON DYLAN THOMAS’ BIRTHDAY

In honor of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ birth in Swansea, Wales, October 27, 1914, I’m posting here a winsome anecdote I read many years ago in a Welsh guidebook. I regret that I no longer have the name of that book. If the story is apocryphal, I apologize. It does read like Thomas’ … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

U2 in Phoenix

An amazing U2 concert Tuesday night, September 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with few changes in the before and after Joshua Tree set-list from my Pasadena show back in May. Bad, always a high-point of any U2 show, came in the first segment in Phoenix in place of A Sort of … Continue reading

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