Tuesday, March 31, 2009

National Poetry Month starts tomorrow

Anti-Love Poem

by Grace Paley

Sometimes you don't want to love the person you love
you turn your face away from that face
whose eyes lips might make you give up anger
forget insult steal sadness of not wanting
to love turn away then turn away at breakfast
in the evening don't lift your eyes from the paper
to see that face in all its seriousness a
sweetness of concentration he holds his book
in his hand the hard-knuckled winter wood-
scarred fingers turn away that's all you can
do old as you are to save yourself from love

Monday, March 16, 2009

the sweet stuff of 2009 . . . sugaring again

Some photos from our sugaring so far . . .

arch & boiling pan

Ryan welding
making some last-minute improvements

still cold sap with maple reflection

Freddie helps us measure how many inches of sap we have in the boiling pan

Ryan measuring the sap

sample jars

Old Dingman Reserve . . .
the only batch of syrup made from the trees at my folk's place

samples from every batch we have made
(almost . . . we're missing one)

boiling syrup

syrup about ready to pour off

pouring off the syrup

syrup & steam

first filtering

back at the homestead
we finish off the syrup on the stove to can it

final filtering & preparing a sample jar

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

poetry in mud

Crossing the Swamp
by Mary Oliver

Here is the endless
wet thick
cosmos, the center
of everything—the nugget
of dense sap, branching
vines, the dark burred
faintly belching
bogs. Here
is swamp, here
is struggle,
pathless, seamless,
peerless mud. My bones
knock together at the pale
joints, trying
for foothold, fingerhold,
mindhold over
such slick crossings, deep
hipholes, hummocks
that sink silently
into the black, slack
earthsoup. I feel
not wet so much as
painted and glittered
with the fat grassy
mires, the rich
and succulent marrows
of earth—a poor
dry stick given
one more chance by the whims
of swamp water—a bough
that still, after all these years,
could take root,
sprout, branch out, bud—
make of its life a breathing
palace of leaves.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I love the sounds in this poem.


by David Shumate

I am seduced by trains. When one moans in the night like some
dragon gone lame, I rise and put on my grandfather's suit. I pack a
small bag, step out onto the porch, and wait in the darkness. I rest
my broad-brimmed hat on my knee. To a passerby I'm a curious
sight—a solitary man sitting in the night. There's something
unsettling about a traveler who doesn't know where he's headed.
You can't predict his next move. In a week you may receive a
postcard from Haiti. Madagascar. You might turn on your
answering machine and hear his voice amid the tumult of a
Bangkok avenue. All afternoon you feel the weight of the things
you've never done. Don't think about it too much. Everything
starts to sound like a train.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

the fruit of sense

Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
False eloquence, like the prismatic glass,
Its gaudy colours spreads on every place;
The face of Nature we no more survey,
All glares alike, without distinction gay;
But true expression, like th'unchanging sun,
Clears and improves whate'er it shines upon;
It gilds all objects, but it alters none.

—Alexander Pope, English poet, An Essay on Criticism, 1711