Thursday, February 29, 2024

Poetry

Poet’s Corner: ‘Snowdrift’

Snowdrift By Fan S. Ogilvie Look at a snowdrift of spring Kousa dogwood blossoms backed by a writer’s shed on top of which turns a brass and gold weathervane—the horse/fish warrior hippocampus. It’s the writer’s story, one never told just gestured...

Poet’s Corner: Poem by Michael Oliveira

By Michael Oliveira the book of your life would you skip to the last page to see how it ends? Michael Oliveira has lived and worked on Martha’s Vineyard for decades. He currently lives in East Falmouth. Poets with...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Drip’

The Drip By Georgia Morris For the third time in two months water breaks through the ceiling slats of the downstairs bathroom fan and you are, this time, happily making green tea and honey toast to the tap, tap, tapping that...

Poet’s Corner: Requiem for a Right Whale

Requiem for a Right Whale By Jeffrey Agnoli Beloved cetacean hogtied with fishing line before washing up on the shore not so many yards from our fossil-fueled road you must have rolled and thrashed and if we were looking we would have seen the planet's grid of...

Poet’s Corner: ‘January Gems’

January Gems By Ellie Bates Night black velvet sky wears crescent pearl necklace Morning flakes of chalcedony veils dress the fields of fallen snow Ellie Bates lives year-round in Edgartown, and is a member of the MV Poets’ Collective and the Cleaveland House Poets. Her recent chapbook,“Seasonal...

Poet’s Corner: ‘On Aging and the Loss of One’s Marbles’

On Aging and the Loss of One’s Marbles By Ellen Martin Story Sad, to think I’m losing marbles these days. Used to lose a lot when I was a kid playing on the sidewalk. Could never finger-flick other marbles out...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Forgetting to Remember’

Forgetting to Remember By Peter Ledermann Speak not casually ever As there is no drop of rain that is insignificant Nor any look that we give to one another Impermanent Look to the passage of every moment as precious as The splitting of...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Explaining the world to a 14-year-old’

Explaining the world to a 14-year-old By Fan S. Ogilvie We are walking outside to fill bird feeders — a perfect time to talk about Hamas and the Israeli bombing of Gaza — events he knows little or nothing...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Beach at Lambert’s Cove’

The Beach at Lambert’s Cove By Leroy Hazelton I believed In all stars spinning From the Mouth And that sea clams, Loons and strangers wing to paradise, While your hand, Intruding on a pope’s disguise, Traced to a deeper skull A sea gull’s rowdy...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Opening the Cabin’

Opening the Cabin By Warren Woessner We drag our bags to the side door and hunt for things that don’t work — big things like the heat and hot water and little things like burned-out bulbs. I am putting up...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Vineyard Reality’

Vineyard Reality By Joan Noëldechen Every day Appearing in the sand Or on the trail Seemed so surreal I could not tell If it was all a dream Or something constantly changing. I came home, But I was not living In the world. Joan Noëldechen is...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Gift’

The Gift By Jeffrey Agnoli Though we lean into the pull of the season it's hard to say all is well when we know with inner sense some of the worst waits behind closed doors within the human heart yet the dwindling day promises the...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Crash Course’

Crash Course By Liz Posen When I realized my daughter was going to college really leaving not like an extended sleepover I worried to near panic that I had not given her essential life lessons and embarked on a crash course. “Was she aware...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Fall of Day’

The Fall of Day By Liz Splittgerber The fall of day The close of light The dawn of dark The rise of night Autumn embers Reach black bird's flight Settled smoke Wreaths leaf's late blight Last to bloom First to blush Mighty spun web Failing light's hush Deeper...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Sometimes’

Sometimes By Warren Woessner I sit in my car and can’t decide where to go. What will be there at the there I choose? Do I look for the loon or hunt the hawk? Or just sit here until the hawk leaves its...

Poet’s Corner: Two Haikus about Daylight Savings Time

Time to set the clocks back — and the Samaritans hotline on speed dial. —Michael Oliveira and Donald Nitchie ..setting the clock back ..a welcome to the darkness ..as if i need help —Michael Oliveira Michael Oliveira has lived and worked on...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Gardener’

Gardener By Don McLagan (for Laura D. Roosevelt) Carved from the rest of all earth, staked, planted, tended, defended, this chosen piece of turf is your garden and you are its god. Its sod is mindless of your school, your...

Poet’s Corner: Nancy Slonim Aronie

By Nancy Slonim Aronie In my rearview mirror I see a gray oh it’s black no it’s silver I can’t always tell because of the light And the time of day when did cars lose their joy the baby blue of the ’54...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Given Away’

Given Away By Peter Lederman Spread your wings and slowly light Upon the branch that holds my gaze And stills the now and captures time That overshadows all my days Time’s so patient but regards us not It waits for return...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Fall’

Fall By Julian Wise I no longer see dead flowers I see the seeds of next year's bloom. Julian Wise lives in Chilmark. He is a former Calendar writer for The Martha’s Vineyard Times. This piece was inspired...