Easy by Roland Flint

Easy by Roland Flint While she starts the water and measures the pasta, he sets the table and peels the garlic. She cuts up broccoli, strips snow peas, readies fish— he presses the garlic, fixes her a kir, and him a gin. She sautés the vegetables while he grates cheese, readies the candles, and puts […]

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Musee Des Beaux Arts by W. H. Auden

Musée Des Beaux Arts By W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always […]

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Death Again by Jim Harrison

Death Again by Jim Harrison Let’s not get romantic or dismal about death. Indeed it’s our most unique act along with birth. We must think of it as cooking breakfast, it’s that ordinary. Break two eggs into a bowl or break a bowl into two eggs. Slip into a coffin after the fluids have been […]

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Yes William Stafford

Yes by William Stafford It could happen any time, tornado, earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen. Or sunshine, love, salvation. It could, you know. That’s why we wake and look out––no guarantees in this life. But some bonuses, like morning, like right now, like noon, like evening.

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Questionnaire by Wendell Berry

Questionnaire by Wendell Berry How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the free market and global trade? Please name your preferred poisons. For the sake of goodness, how much evil are you willing to do? Fill in the following blanks with the names of your favorite evils and acts of […]

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Rereading Frost Linda Pastan

Rereading Frost by Linda Pastan Sometimes I think all the best poems have been written already, and no one has time to read them, so why try to write more? At other times though, I remember how one flower in a meadow already full of flowers somehow adds to the general fireworks effect as you […]

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