Old Walter, Old Tutuma, and others, Irregular rhythm makers, Singing to the hoodoos, Clapping hands and tamping feet. A dry and desert-like skein Beneath the unmeasurable black portal Awaiting the stars, and rain, and lightning of night. “Is this red our blood?” I asked. Their voices hummed rhythmically, susurrous; Ancient sound, a sound like no … Continue reading
Katie Aliferis is a soulful poet. Her words are brief and carefully placed. She removes any shade of protection to reveal the raw human spirit. This collection is her journey on love – a journey of discovery, pain, darkness, and ultimately, like an alchemist, transforming all pain into a golden light in her soul. Aliferis … Continue reading
Winter is retreating. Spring is approaching. Brush off the dead branches and see the naked essence of the spirit and the resilience in life. Tree on Renewal Ridge Years ago this old tree snapped. Its dead trunk lies near roots. But the living tree never gave up. And now it grows new shoots. By Robert … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Apollo Papafrangou’s poetry rips aways any protection of sensibilities to reveal the rawness of love, disappointments, rejection, and, the intense pain of heartbreaks. “Poems are just distilled thoughts.” Papafrangou explains, “I’m drawn to the form because there are certain ideas I may have that don’t lend themselves to the narrative form — concepts I want to … Continue reading
Writers, poets and storytellers are invited to submit a poem or musing for an intimate book, Erato’s Morning, about love and passions honoring the spirit of Greek muse, Erato. Join authors from around the world by submitting a short musing of a love story be it on nature, family, a child, a spouse, friendship, faith, … Continue reading
Almost a century ago, Songs of Kabir, translated by Rabindranath Tagore was published in English. Rarely heard and yet revealing insights into the vision of poet Kabir, born in 1440, and a “disciple of the celebrated Hindu ascetic Ramananda”. In the introduction, Eveleyn Underhill, who assisted Tagore in the publication, wrote “The poetry of mysticism … Continue reading
Katie Aliferis evokes the spirit of Calliope, the muse of poetry, in her true form with beauty, elegance and powerful words woven together to entice emotions of longing and the courage of the most courageous warrior. A poet in San Francisco, Aliferis is inspired by the spirits of the ancients and her Greek heritage. Her ancestors … Continue reading
From Mrs. Shalian’s shelf comes another poetry wonder, printed over a hundred years ago and yet whispered as though yesterday. In our search for the future, how can we move forward without knowing the past.
Tagore in The Gardener writes,
“Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. … ”
Why poetry? Words sewn together to create a tapestry of sounds, music that enthralls the spirit.
Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, charms the soul with a passion for nature, love and the sensual teasing of the ear. Read silently, read out loud and enjoy.
I came here to count the bells
that live upon the surface of the sea, Continue reading