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Five from Andersen

Five from Andersen for T.G.  
 I see you as the little mermaid barefoot beside someone else’s marriage bed and longing, yearning for that closeness which you will never never never never have. (And dreams of children you will never carry All the voices that never will be heard and the lullabies […]

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Of the Body–Fearfully and Wonderfully

     Of the Body–Fearfully and Wonderfully for Leticia and A.G. “angel date” the book said, but “he’s not an angel” I replied. And I refused to write it. People can no more be angels than they can be trees. Totally different species. One can’t become the other. And then I pictured Daphne and Apollo […]

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Newfound Gap

Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee See, straddle the line between two states, grasping the sign Tennessee and North Carolina, which are we in? (What a state we are in! Bedraggled travelers, We’ve been on the road quite a while North Carolina makes our ninth state in as many days.
 We camped last night and […]

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Escaping the Waste Land?

Years ago I began an over-ambitious attempt at a blog series on The Waste Land (you can see the link in the menu at the top of the page), but then I was pregnant and quickly ran out of steam. I abandoned the series when I got to a sticky place and I never have […]

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Digging into Heaney: A Little Rabbit Trail

I’ve been swept into a general Heaney retrospective quite by chance. My friend Sally Thomas rediscovered his book of essays, Finder’s Keepers, on her shelf and started sharing tidbits, little nibbles of passages that caught her eye. I realized, “I have that book on my shelf too!” and I found it and realized I’d never […]

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INLAND People that build their houses inland, People that buy a plot of ground Shaped like a house, and build a house there, Far from the sea-board, far from the sound Of water sucking the hollow ledges, Tons of water striking the shore — What do they long for, as I long for One salt […]

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