Tag: poetry

New Release Review: The Heart’s Necessities

Posted June 9, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
New Release Review: The Heart’s Necessities

Jane Tyson Clement with Becca Stevens, The Heart’s Necessities (Plough, 2018) The Heart’s Necessities is a book with at least four layers. The foundation layer is a selection of poems by Jane Tyson Clement, written over a period of more than fifty years and mostly unpublished during the poet’s life. Each section of poems, arranged […]

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A poem a day

Posted February 17, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
A poem a day

Last year, during the season of Lent and Easter, I read a poem each day from the collection The Heart’s Time. I loved using this as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. In late 2018, poking through a bookstore bargain table, I came across 365 Poems for Every Occasion, a compilation from the Academy of […]

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Do you read (or write) poetry?

Posted April 8, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 32 Comments
Do you read (or write) poetry?

I used to read a fair amount of poetry but have fallen out of the habit in recent years. Lately I’ve been hungering for it, though, and so I picked up The Heart’s Time compiled by Janet Morley, which offers a poem a day for the season of Lent and the first week after Easter, […]

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Blogging the Spirit: The Last Invocation

Posted November 26, 2017 by Lory in events / 6 Comments
Blogging the Spirit: The Last Invocation

THE LAST INVOCATION At the last, tenderly, From the walls of the powerful fortress’d house, From the clasp of the knitted locks, from the keep of the well-closed doors, Let me be wafted. Let me glide noiselessly forth; With the key of softness unlock the locks–with a whisper, Set ope the doors O soul. Tenderly–be […]

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Words and Pictures: Pruned Oak

Posted June 21, 2017 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: Pruned Oak

Pruned Oak Oh oak tree, how they have pruned you. Now you stand odd and strangely shaped! You were hacked a hundred times until you had nothing left but spite and will! I am like you, so many insults and humiliations could not shatter my link with life. And every day I raise my head […]

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New Release Review: Galvanized

Posted April 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
New Release Review: Galvanized

Leland Kinsey, Galvanized: New and Selected Poems (2016) Galvanized came to me courtesy of Green Writers Press in Vermont (an exciting new publishing company about which I’ll be telling you more very soon). It arrived at the perfect moment, since my intention is to focus on poetry and drama during this month for my Reading […]

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Reading New England: Poetry and Drama

Posted April 1, 2016 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Reading New England: Poetry and Drama

This April is the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month, an appropriate time to explore the poetry and drama of New England. The orally transmitted songs and rituals of the Native Americans came first, of course, but are largely lost to us. The first English-speaking American poet, Anne Bradstreet, was one of the Puritan settlers […]

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Literary Pilgrimages: Emily Dickinson’s House

Posted December 8, 2015 by Lory in places / 20 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Emily Dickinson’s House

This visit was made in anticipation of next year’s challenge, Reading New England. To learn more and sign up, click on the link. In Amherst, Massachusetts stands the house where Emily Dickinson lived during most her life and wrote much of her incredible poetry. It’s now a museum where you can see some of the […]

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