Special mini-epic poetry feature by Nicole Coonradt. I teach Great Books at a small liberal arts college. In the first of a two-course sequence, students read texts from the Ancient to Medieval periods, beginning with Homer and concluding with Dante. Those questions regarding human agency and divinity continue to inform our understanding of literature, but …
Beirut. One word that can conjure up so many intense reactions. Terry Douglas, a poet and author, lived in Beirut at the opening of the Civil War that lasted for well over a decade. His poem is on a sniper’s bullet, chaos of war and life.
“Fingering the burst of lead,
Shark rough after glancing the wall,
I contemplate my fate … .
“I sit on a rock at the end of the island, peeling off flakes of sunburned nose. Feet dangle in cool water; minnows nibble at toes. Overhead a broad-winged hawk sends a thin whistle…” Poetry by Douglas Wood in Paddle Whispers
“In the transient clouds of early morning, I see only images of my native home; The warm south wind of late April also brings, Remembered fragrance of once familiar flowers … ”
Chinese poet and author, Hsu Yu wrote “Nostalgic Thoughts of Home” while living in Paris in 1937.