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19 Words

When breakfast is black coffee and lunch is a double mocha, sleep stays away. “Clearly I’m not wanted here.”

It Takes 19 Lines to Build a Villanelle

Today is the 19th, which is another wonderful opportunity to post a villanelle. This one’s pretty famous, as the biographical note accompanying The Bell Jar often includes it. I’m a big fan of Plath’s work and of villanelles, and this one’s a doozy, so here we go: Mad Girl’s Love Song I shut my eyes and […]

Day 17-19: Whole30 (Rollers)

Saturday was such a lovely, calming day, with lots of walking to and from errands and sitting on my patio enjoying the cool evening. Sunday I set out for an out-and-bike ride on Parmer Lane, which features some nice rollers (rolling hills) through ranch land. I’ve done the 25-mile ride there a few times, but […]

19 More Lines

I love villanelles, and I don’t care who knows it. Here’s a famous one by Roethke. The Waking I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I […]

11.19: Sharon (a little bit) Old(er)s

Today is the birthday of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, Sharon Olds. She won the Pulitzer for Stag’s Leap, a volume of poems about the dissolution of her 30-year marriage. Here’s a selection from Stag’s Leap. My Son’s Father’s Smile In my sleep, our son, as a child, said,  of his father, he smiled […]

9.19: Talk Like a Pirate Experiencing Global Warming

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, here’s the chart showing the connection between the decrease in the number of pirates and the increase in global warming, as taken, of course, from the web home of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This brilliant thing is from a letter to the Kansas School board, written in […]

1 of 19 Varieties of Gazelle

Naomi Shihab Nye, a San Antonio resident who taught workshops at my high school, is an accomplished poet who writes about big issues such as growing up Arab-American and the situation in the West Bank by bringing small details to life. Here’s a selection from her collection of poems 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle […]