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A poem each day, plus literary and historical notes from this day in history


I called Michael and he told me he just got home from a wake. “Oh, I am sorry,” I said. “No, no,” he said, “it was the best wake I have ever been to. The funeral home was as warm and as cozy as anyone’s living room. We had the greatest time. My friend looked... Read more »

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It has its attractions, chiefly visual: all those shapes and lines, hunks of color and light (the way the gold light falls across the lawn in early summer, the iridescent blue floating on the lake at sunset), and being alive seems to be a necessity if you want to sit in the sun or rub... Read more »

Only 16, when he came from Italy alone, moved into the Riverside neighborhood full of Italians from Cilento—all of whom spoke the same dialect, so it was as though they had transported those mountain villages to Paterson. At first, America was terrifying, English, a language they could not master, but my father was a young... Read more »

They only hold in those who are willing to be held. Horses prove it all the time, unlatching gates in their idle moments. I once saw a cornered ewe leap a six foot buck fence because she didn’t feel like going where the border collie wanted her to go. She wasn’t even afraid. When they... Read more »