Category Archives: poetry

Sound and Silence

“The sound experience I prefer to all others is the experience of silence.” ~ John Cage “John Cage was an American composer, poet, philosopher and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, … Continue reading

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Ariadne’s Reverie

“The door of the labyrinth, so difficult, which none of those before could find again, by Ariadne’s aid was found by Theseus, the thread that traced the way rewound.” ~ Ovid, Metamorphoses (trans. Melville) The story of Ariadne and Theseus … Continue reading

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Dream Triptych

trip·tych (noun) :  1. an ancient Roman writing tablet with three waxed leaves hinged together 2a. a picture (as an altarpiece) or carving in three panels side by side b: something composed or presented in three parts or sections. I … Continue reading

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An Invitation to the Gathering

“Meanwhile I’m still going to the Cezanne room… I again spent two hours in front of a few pictures today; I sense this is somehow useful for me. ” ~Rilke, Letters On Cezanne It’s been a few months since I … Continue reading

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On Steps of Blue

The flood of September 2011 in Pennsylvania and neighboring states entered my childhood home uninvited and very unwelcomed. There was no loss of life, but it made quite a mess and disrupted the lives of people I love. Thirty years of hard work making a … Continue reading

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A Visit From Persephone

After the unusual spring weather we’ve been having, a little taste of winter seems to have returned if only for a little while.  It brings to mind the myth of Persephone. Persephone (called Prosperpine by the Romans) was the daughter of … Continue reading

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Poetry’s Intent

“What syllable are you seeking, Vocalissimus, In the distances of sleep? Speak it.” ~Wallace Stevens, To The Roaring Wind Endeavors have a way of taking on a life of their own and since my posts have recently been leaning more towards … Continue reading

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The Bleeding Hearts

It’s springtime and my bleeding hearts need tending. I see last year’s dead stalks laced with dried pine needles – the evergreen leaves that were supposed to last forever. I pluck and tear the loathsome stalks away discarding all of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Rilke’s First Duino Elegy

“Yes, springtime needed you! The very stars, row on row, sparkled for your attention.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The First Duino Elegy   Hope I saw the flock of dry leaves tumbling overhead being swept away, and I did notice … Continue reading

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Rilke’s Roses

“Who, though I cry aloud, would hear me in the angel orders? And should my plea ascend, were I gathered to the glory of some incandescent heart, my own faint flame of being would fail for the glare. Beauty is … Continue reading

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