Tag Archives: poetry

The gift of poetry

National Poetry Month, Day 19  //  One of my teachers in elementary school required my classmates and me to memorize poetry. I don’t know if teachers still do that – I doubt it – but it was the best gift she gave me and probably the reason she’s the only teacher from that time in […]

Soul ballast and the companions I seek

We need ballast for our souls, moral weight that will stabilize us in the raging political storm. Poetry, as are all the arts, is the main part of that ballast for me. “When power leads man toward arrogance,” President John Kennedy said in 1963 at the groundbreaking for the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College, […]

On the making of poems

“My chief aim is to make a poem. You make it for yourself firstly, and then if other people want to join in then there we are.” —R.S. Thomas (1913-2000)