Posts Tagged "University of Wisconsin Press"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 134

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Featured | 5 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 134

I went to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for my fortieth high school reunion thinking surely, after all these years, a lot of poems would come to me. But I only got a few. You never know. They’re all in Reunion. I could give you one of those here, but I picked a different one from that book because I thought it might give momentary comfort in these frightening times.   What I’m looking for in a poem has shifted these days. Every poem is political—I could talk about that at length!—but some carry with them an awareness of particular ways of seeing that help us, or at least help us...

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Deliver Me From Metaphor

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Archive | 9 comments

Deliver Me From Metaphor

This is a picture of my beautiful sister Millie before her brain tumor. She’s  in the hospital again, this time with unbearable pain from her collapsed spine, a result of eight years of taking Prednisone to replace the work of her pituitary, which was wrecked when a large benign tumor was removed from her brain. The pain is awful and continuous. They can’t operate on her spine in her condition. They throw a cocktail of drugs at it. So phrases from the poem I wrote about her original surgery and her long unconsciousness afterward come to mind. Not a poem. I couldn’t write a poem. It...

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