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Poet's corner: From a witch's brew... to something new

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Stirring the Pot

 

My freezer’s full

of ice cream, cookies, candy

I want to forget I have.

And, in most of the space,

vegetable parts:

carrot peels,

zucchini ends,

external leaves of

cabbages, cauliflowers,

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Poet's corner: A ferry ride is a passage loaded with images

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Riding the Staten Island Ferry in a Thunderstorm

 

We’re only on it for the excitement, we

elders: the thrill of riding the East

River like a bucking horse in driving

rain, lightning flash – and maybe

a hurricane. A woman wants to turn back.

Swim, then, her man says. Dime-sized

hail dices the waves, but we’ve come a day-

long trek on Amtrak to see Ms. Liberty –

and there she is! to starboard,

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Poet's corner: A special appearance from 13th century Persia

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Each Note 

(excerpted from the full poem)

 

Life freezes if it doesn’t get a taste

of this almond cake.

The stars come up spinning

every night, bewildered in love.

They’d grow tired with that revolving, if they weren’t.

They’d say, “How long do we have to Do this!”

God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.

Each note is a need coming through one of us,

a passion, a longing-pain.

Remember the lips

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Poetry: Good-Bye, Ben Franklin

Posted on May 28, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



Oh store of Most

Everything. Gold

pins. An aquarium.

 

Plaid cloth.

The least of things

and more. Main

 

Street’s store

named for Invention’s

Curiosity.

 

What can we do

with a key and a kite

string? Invent

 

electricity. All

manner of pens.

One to sign

 

a constitution

with. Ours and theirs.

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Poet's corner: Of love and a teapot

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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The little things

I am in love with my teapot

I love it for the song it sings

Fluted gently between the cracks

That smile that jagged grin

Breathing steam in soft green notes

 

I am in love with my doorknob

I love the way it fills my hand

So firm with its feminine curve

Pressing into my palm, guiding me

Through the wall on a lingering farewell

 

I am in love with my car

I love that I must feed and change it

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Poet's Corner: The answering music

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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An Act of Faith
 
this daily push to the frigid studio
turning on the heat, starting a fire in
the old iron square-boxed stove
veteran of uncounted winters
slow warming of the flesh and psyche
as waves of heat permeate to bone
 

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Poet's Corner with Susan Jefts: Look inward to the garden's end

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Susan Jefts



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This month’s poem is by Deanna Shapiro from Charlotte. She has published two books — “Conversations at the Nursing Home: A Mother, A Daughter and Alzheimer’s” (2006) and “The Place You Live In: A Multigenerational Immigrant Story (2012) — in addition to a chapbook, “”On the Road with Lewis & Clark and Other Considerations” (2016). She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her poems have appeared in The Aurorean, The Kenwood Review, and Blueline among others.

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Poem: Fences without borders

Posted on October 5, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Fences Without Borders

 

My neighbor leans a shovel against his wild

apple, so it appears he, or someone, can shovel

a tree-full of drops under the electric fence.

 

The cows wander over this fifth day

of October our government is making excuses

for the bombs they dropped undercover.

 

The cows risk themselves for sweet, rotting apples.

So we can see bodies stacked by a trunk.

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Poem: Early, Early Mud Season

Posted on March 9, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Early, Early Mud Season

 

I’d like to disappear, too,

for a few years

in that rut

 

the cars and tractors make

of my road, the pick-up trucks

lose themselves in.

 

That trench, that furrow,

that man-made cave.

I’d like to feel walled-in

 

in clay. A bowl

on a potter’s wheel

down there with the stones.

 

And further below

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