Archive for February, 2008


Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.


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I’m currently writing an essay on the work of Elizabeth Bishop. Last night I searched through many boxes trying to find drafts of her poem One Art. There are 16 drafts of this poem, and they are only available for view at the Vassar library.

One Art is considered one of the two best villanelles in existence. The other is The Waking by Theodore Roethke, which begins I wake to sleep and take my waking slow.


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Three Times My Life Has Opened

Three times my life has opened.

Once, into darkness and rain.


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Poem of the day, Feb. 5

A woman I work with is giving birth to her first child in six weeks, and I wrote this blessing for her baby.

Here is this child without the demands of the world on her life. The future is still uncertain, the way where she tender and strange will find her place on this earth is not yet known. I give you those gifts I (more…)

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