Category Archives: poems

The Door Was Open and the House Was Dark (Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013)

“The Door Was Open and the House Was Dark” (from Granta) shows you how good even the minor poems of a tremendous poet can be.

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Catching up

Random bullets of not having posted on the blog in months (RBONHPOTBIM): My poem “The Fear of the Dark” appeared on Slate a few weeks ago. (Wow!) We’re busy receiving and reading applications for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.  We … Continue reading

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“Storm” in The New Republic

My poem “Storm” appeared in the December 31, 2012, issue of The New Republic, embedded in Paul Starr’s review of The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver. Other poems in the issue: Benjamin Glassman’s “Sentimental Death Text Variation” and Allison Lemnos’ “Waiting … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012

Adrienne Rich was a great writer, a great woman, and she changed the landscape of American poetry.  Now that her great voice has finished speaking new words, we will hear anew what was, and is, so necessary about her work. … Continue reading

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Cemetery visit

The month before Rosh Hashanah is a traditional time for visiting the graves of our loved ones.  All four of my grandparents are buried in Baltimore, so I’m making those visits only in my thoughts.  Here’s a poem about placing … Continue reading

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