I am a student of history. Not just the official history handed down in textbooks and lectured to us in classrooms, but all aspects of history, even the undercurrents that often run deep and unseen. And, as you might know from many of the poems I’ve written, I am a student of family history. Not … More YOUR HISTORY IS NOT MY HISTORY
Poverty settles in hardscrabble hollows, winds along twisted roads away from tourists, out of sight of those who come to revel in rural beauty and green mountains. There is no straight and narrow here. Sin shouts from mountain tops blown away for profit; from valleys filled with neglect and the slag heaps of an economy … More ALMOST HEAVEN
Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Food and Agricultural Organization and Poetry X Hunger World Food Day Poetry Competition! I’m pleased to have gotten honorable mention for my poem, “We Grow the Revolution.” See FAO’s announcement for the winners and their poems. Here’s my poem: WE GROW THE REVOLUTION The revolution grows in the … More Poetry and World Food Day
We were at our cottage on the Potomac River this past weekend. High tide on Saturday was exceptionally high due to a combination of factors. It prompted all kinds of thoughts and words: The Potomac rose three feet above normal, a combination of a seasonal high tide, a full moon, and a nor’easter off … More Tides and Thoughts
For today, a poem written 17 years ago and published 8 years ago, 10 years after the events that sparked the thoughts leading to the poem: SKIMINO I see him standing in his field, rough hands wrapped round the handle of his hoe, watching the army march down the Williamsburg Road. He hears the fifers’ … More SKIMINO
WHERE DOES THE CHILD SLEEP TONIGHT? Where does the old man sleep tonight? In his stately home on a quiet street, away from the city’s noise, and the stress of governing, of calculating returns on investments, profit margins and collateral damage. Where does the young girl sleep tonight? In her mother’s arms in the desert … More Where Does the Child Sleep Tonight?