Category Archives: Astronomy

The Feet of Blue Herons

If you happen to live in another town, Or country, or even galaxy As dim and distant in time as in space From these words, this language, the narrow Range of pitch across its plosive phonemes, Do not worry if … Continue reading

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The Face of Allah

I could not find the face of Allah In the debris of mountain slides, In blue fragments of mosaics, In the desolation of stars fallen behind The ground-down blade of the moon. I heard rumours he spoke in many voices … Continue reading

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The Moon Turns Over and Over—As a Song

Michael Leon occasionally puts to music my attempts at writing songlike things, as he’s done with this piece I wrote last fall (lyrics here). The simple (but perhaps overly busy) video portion must be blamed solely on me as I … Continue reading

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Euclid vs. The Slow Worms

Every spring, spades turn warming soil Over and mound it up in rows. The spaced seeds germinate while The furious sun grows old. The slow worms under the garden Squirm through their loose knots and tangles, Keep the soil aerated, … Continue reading

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Vanishing Point (Little Sands, PEI)

I was sent a fine, short, dark image the other day about stillness in Little Sands. It precipitated this poem since I have felt at the water that sort of stillness that seems both complete and empty at once. I think it … Continue reading

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Video reading of The Winter Wings of Gulls (sestina)

The Winter Wings of Gulls I’ve been meaning to make an actual video of this sestina (video above, text below), rather than just me reading it at home. I even shot some stuff for it last fall in various places, … Continue reading

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Nye-Nye Nye Nye-Nye Nye-Nye

I don’t often wake up at 6 am (usually I’m just going to sleep at that time), but when I do, apparently, I watch Bill Nye debate creationist Ken Ham. This was hilarious viewing this morning. Ham’s constant straight-faced mangling … Continue reading

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Watching the Curtains in the Morning

Thin gauze curtains move in the window. Mist on the harbour stirred by a heron’s wings. The wind in the night splashed the sea on the rocks. The taste of salt on your spine. Purple asters dot the end of … Continue reading

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Late Afternoon Crow Sonnet

I’ve seen you here before, crow, your tattered pinions scrabbling at this patch of sky as if it were a slope of blue glacial ice you must climb before darkness scatters it with loosely embedded stars, precarious pitons. Slow down, … Continue reading

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The Night is Long (But Wait)

Decided to try and write a birthday poem for a friend the other day. This is the result, and well … there’s a candle in it. The Night is Long (But Wait) The light of the mid-afternoon sun spreading like … Continue reading

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Like Two People on Skates for the First Time (poems from old notebooks, December 2009)

The death poem still refuses exhumation (the good news, then, is that, while there is never a way out of death, for today, at least, there also appears to be no way in). I’ll get it yet, though. So here’s … Continue reading

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Raven Tanka Diptych to End July

Raven Tanka Diptych to End July 1. The Night Pouring A raven patrols July’s last sunset, pouring the night from its throat— a sky of black resin set with stars, a white shard of moon 2. The Cold Moon Clanging … Continue reading

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This Is How Her Love Is (Though You Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes) (poems from old notebooks, June 2010)

Heat and sunburn and salve. A constant beehive hum, as of family at table. And the thistle—not only while in stranded purple blossom, but as the sere and tenacious burdock, globe of small brown hooks to keep a seed close … Continue reading

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The Cruel Lindens (a July Ghazal of Haiku)

Looking for something to write last night, I figured why not try marrying another two forms? And so I built a ghazal out of haiku. The Cruel Lindens (a July Ghazal of Haiku) Rose petals rust from salt heat you … Continue reading

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After the Moon Comes Up

After the Moon Comes Up I thought to pick the flower of forgetting for myself, but I found it already growing in his heart. —Ono no Komachi, from The Ink Dark Moon translations by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani With … Continue reading

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The June Evening Light is a Lever

Last evening I revisited a favourite form, the ghazal. More about the form and why I love it can be found at this post on my old blog, which includes a link to a rambling essay about ghazals. The June … Continue reading

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Magnolia Palinode (and process notes)

The other day my friend Andrew,  of the fine tankawanka blog, brought the concept of the palinode to my attention. I hadn’t heard of it before that. Basically a palinode is a poem in which the poet retracts something said in … Continue reading

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Magnolia Love Poem Death Match: Cinquain vs Tanka #2

Explanation of the Magnolia Love Poem Death Match: Cinquain vs Tanka series can be found here. Magnolia Love Poem Death Match: Cinquain vs Tanka #1. The Milky Way in May Cinquain Petals of magnolia strewn on the river’s dark water drift … Continue reading

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My Stars and Body

My Stars and Body The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is … Continue reading

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The Sky as Winter Pond

This sky tonight might be the untouched pond we once circled in childhood winters—small white flecks scattered in black, stars still in our eyes. —The above is today’s stab at an image I’ve been trying to capture in words for … Continue reading

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