Because reason is inadequate.


What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!
 George Eliot

Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical drugs.  -- JWG

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.    -  Jimi Hendrix

The summer's coming to a close



Lucille Clifton

the times
it is hard to remain human on a day
when birds perch weeping
in the trees and the squirrel eyes
do not look away but the dog ones do
in pity.
another child has killed a child
and i catch myself relieved that they are
white and i might understand except
that i am tired of understanding.
if these
alphabets could speak their own tongue
it would be all symbol surely;
the cat would hunch across the long table
and that would mean time is catching up,
and the spindle fish would run to ground
and that would mean the end is coming
and the grains of dust would gather themselves
along the streets and spell out
these too are your children   this too is your child.  


Matthew Buckley Smith

"By ‘voice’ I don’t mean the sound breath makes when passing through the organ of the larynx. I mean the sound language makes when passing through the organ of the memory."

An extraordinary essay exploring the subtleties of voice:

Smartish Pace


The difficulty is not to write, but to write what you mean.   -  RLS


Ode to the Elders

On definitions

define, from the French, de finis', to set limitations


A new poem of mine appears in this month's New Criterion:

New Criterion



We must have reasons for speech, but we need none for silence.

This newly released anthology contains one of my sonnets.  It is edited by Mary Meriam, and is available from Amazon:


One needn't be loud to be true to one's recalcitrance.


Three thousand
haiku examined.
Two persimmons. 

- Asoka Shika


It is not possible to possess a love language without also loving silence.