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December 22, 2017

I think today marks the latest in December I've ever decorated our Christmas tree. My mother often bought me ornaments as presents, and sometime in the late 90s, when I was living in southern California, I began buying us matching ornaments, one for my tree in Californ...

December 19, 2017

More fine passages from this splendid collection:

...the sound of the first cicada

now fitfully cutting 

                            the silence of dawn.

Words wanted

                    beyond what they are--...

December 17, 2017

I've been enjoying Elsa Cross's work for some years now, thanks to Anamaría Crowe Serrano and Shearsman Books. Here are some favourite passages from this collection:

Like a crab the heat draws its pincers closer.


The east wind is heard,

the metal of goat bells,



December 11, 2017

I have fewer passages to quote with this collection because many of these poems' power comes from the way they operate as a whole; nonetheless, of course I found some to give you a flavour of this fresh work:

...I can't recall when anticipation

became the substitute for...

December 6, 2017

A continuing selection of my favourite passages from JL Williams' third collection:

Dark, this desire for space.

The wasteland stained star-white.

A lake speared with dead trees

whose white trunks stab the sky.

The ribs of angels up.

from 'Desiderata Nocturne'

a raven stands...

December 4, 2017

I liked Williams' first collection, Condition of Fire, and published two selections of passages on my old Blogspot blog. Indeed, she launched her first book alongside my second, Divining for Starters, at Swedenborg Hall in London, as we were both bringing out book...

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