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The Sunday Poem: Tony Hoagland

By | 2016-12-18T17:02:33+00:00 11.29.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|

There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store / with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack / that should have been bagged in double layers / —so that before you are even out the door / you feel the weight of the jug dragging / the bag down, stretching the thin / plastic handles longer and longer and you know it’s only a matter of time until / bottom suddenly splits.

April 2014

The Sunday Poem: Jamaal May’s Hum

By | 2016-11-11T21:48:46+00:00 04.05.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and an NAACP Image Award nomination. (Photo by Tarfia Faizullah) [...]

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March 2014

The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

By | 2016-11-11T21:48:53+00:00 03.15.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|

Brenda Arrieta Killian in the wig she wore after shaving her hair at the beginning of chemotherapy. Brenda was the subject of a series of articles Sunday Poet Don Colburn wrote for The Oregonian and is the subject of his new chapbook Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues. (Photo by Stephanie Yao [...]

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February 2014

The Sunday Poem: C.D. Wright Explores Civil Rights in “One With Others”

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:12+00:00 02.08.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|

Poet C.D. Wright (Photo by W.T. Pfefferle via Flickr Commons)   I first encountered C.D. Wright's poetry through the back door of photography. Years ago, when I was studying contemporary artists working with 19th century photographic processes, I stumbled across Deborah Luster's collaboration with C.D. Wright, titled One Big [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Judith Taylor’s Sex Libris

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:14+00:00 02.02.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|

Judith Taylor (Photo courtesy the author)   As the psychoanalysts Jung and Freud both observed, fairy tales frequently reveal more about a culture than its sophisticated literary texts. These are the stories we hear at a young, impressionable age. Whether we're conscious of it or not, these tales of angelic [...]

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January 2014

The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

By | 2017-02-03T20:11:26+00:00 01.11.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|

Do not encourage small children / to play the trombone as the shortness / of their arms may prove quite frustrating, / imprinting a lifelong aversion to music / although in rare cases a sense of unreachability / may inspire operas of delicate auras.

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