THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH

Having made my laborious way through Volume I of The Letters of Sylvia Plath (1940-1956–well before her suicide,) I found myself distinctly unimpressed with her personality. She was one of the most singularly self-centered people I’ve ever encountered. But the genius of her writing is often apparent in these letters, as the following excerpts show. … Continue reading

REMEMBERING MY MOTHER, EDNA EBERTT, ON MOTHER’S DAY

MY MOTHER’S HANDS There is this space at the end of the day Before the long black echo of night, Before the moon flings out its shimmer of icy stars In a flux of silver, like blown glass. There is an emptiness just beyond the sunset That once and yet belongs to my mother’s hands. … Continue reading

FOR EARTH DAY 2018

“Deep peace on the running wave to you. Deep peace on the flowing air to you. Deep peace on the quiet earth to you. Deep peace on the shining stars to you. Deep peace on the gentle night to you, Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace to you.”

THOREAU’S WALDEN

Further research for a WIP has brought me to writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and his classic of early environmentalism, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, first published in 1854. Walden is the product of Thoreau’s two-year stay in the cabin he built in the spring of 1845 by Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, on … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR APRIL 2018

This month’s writer’s quote comes from “John of the Mountains”, the incomparable naturalist, author, and environmentalist John Muir. As writers, I think we’ve all been here. “Writing is like the life of a  glacier — one eternal grind.”

A RILKE POEM FOR THE SPRING EQUINOX

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses,   hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

WISHES FOR A HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

“May you always have . . . enough luck to make you smile, enough trials to keep you strong, enough of all life’s treasures to keep you truly happy.”

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MARCH 2018

This month’s writer’s quote comes from Chloe Ardelia Wofford, better known as Toni Morrison, a novelist, editor, and professor emeritus born in Lorain, Ohio in 1931. As a Catholic, Morrison took Anthony as her baptismal name from which she gained the nickname, Toni. “If there is a book you really want to read but it … Continue reading

ALDO LEOPOLD’S A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC

Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) is one of America’s pioneer conservationists. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and helped establish the first designated wilderness in the country. A Sand County Almanac, first published in 1949, is his best known work. Here is a brief sample of his intimate and direct style: “On April nights when it has … 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

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