Monday, November 29, 2010

"I Do Not Sleep To Dream"

Mahmoud Darwish wrote:

Your feet knock against my heart like a rifle
as you shut the door.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why don't you read this poem

This is the end of Other Deaths from Bite Every Sorrow

For twenty years we lost touch,
but I still remember the front hall of his house on Hillman Street,
its empty shell, the way our footsteps echoed on the bare boards,
the way his mother said, "One toy at a time,"
the high school dance when he asked me gently
why I was shaking.
Did he think about me, other deaths,
men angry at being pallbearers all this time,
while women got to carry life?
It's too late to ask him where he thinks the sky ends,
if he still believes in God. The night he died
I felt snakes moving up my back
and in the dream they made the sound of rainsticks.
It's too late to go back, to arrive at the kitchen door,
too late for him to say, "Come in and wash your hair in the sink,
if you want." As if by this familiar bending
I could bow to what love we had in common.

- Barbara Ras

Friday, November 26, 2010

One more reason I love William Stafford

He said, "I would give up every poem I've ever written for the next one, the one I haven't written."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Hello dear reader (Brian: don't cook anything while you're reading this),

This is where I am:

I cannot imagine what good deed in a past life allowed for me to be writing here now.
I am grateful, so much gratitude that it's obscene. A little raunchy, really.

Here is a little poetry for you from The Death Notebooks:

"Out of the mournful sweetness of touching
comes love
like breakfast."