Valentine’s Day in the Poetry Corner

It’s funny:  The longer I’m married, the better this poem gets. Read the rest of this entry »


Net-Mending in the Poetry Corner

We haven’t been to the Poetry Corner in a while, and today the Catholic lectionary gives us a nudge in that direction.  Ever since Jim Walsh told me about this poem, it has been impossible for me to hear today’s gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) without thinking of it. Read the rest of this entry »

All Souls’ Day in the Poetry Corner

A few months ago I raved about Volume III of Measure, and I hear that I managed to sell a subscription or two.  The same volume reprinted two great poems from Mary Jo Salter that I put aside for All Souls’ Day:  “A Grandfather Clock,” and “Erasers.”  Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Patriotic Songs for Our Newest National Protectors

It has been noted, on this blog and elsewhere, that the sense of national emergency over the last three weeks has been eerily reminiscent of various national security threats we’ve encountered in the last eight years.  The important difference, of course, is that the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force have been completely unable to help us out of this crisis.  Only Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke could do anything about it.  They were kind enough to ask Congress for permission, but as we’ve noted, they went ahead with a back-door bailout anyway, even before Congress consented.

Now that Congress has ratified it, however, the new reality is that our economic security — and therefore, it is widely believed, our national security — now depends on a new part of the executive branch.  It seems only fair that this newest guarantor of our lives and our fortunes (though not, I think, our sacred honor) should have some patriotic songs to celebrate its important new role.

As you may have guessed, I have some modest suggestions, Read the rest of this entry »

The 140th Belmont Stakes: Big Brown, Up or Down?

Dead game filly Rags to Riches grinds down Horse of the Year Curlin in the stretch of the 2007 Belmont

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American War Poetry, Part VIII

Longtime readers of this blog may recall a seven-part series on American war poetry in the run-up to Memorial Day 2007. In one installment, I asked, “Has no poet dared to attempt in words what the famous photo on Iwo Jima captured for the world? Tony Barnstone‘s “Grace Under Pressure” isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but it’s moving in that direction and it’s a heckuva poem. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day in the Poetry Corner

Mothers’s Day takes us to the poetry corner for the third time this week. There is an unavoidable element of confession in passing along this particular poem. I sent it to my own mother, and — naturally — she absolved me. Read the rest of this entry »