Dailies 1/29/18

Note: I found the above gif on via a “poetry” search on Giphy. Apparently it’s from a 1930’s mugshot of a 1930’s criminal.

Daily quote: 

“Writing poetry is talking to oneself; yet it is a mode of talking to oneself in which the self disappears; and the product’s something that, though it may not be for everybody, is about everybody.” – Richard Wilbur 


Esteban Rodríguez – Roadside

Mexico rises into view like a textbook description of a dead civilization;
its silhouette piercing the scaled soil, the streaks of afternoon mirages,

the caliche billowing across the windshield as my mother pulls into a roadside
stand. Still a few miles away, and I already see how poverty mimics

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Javier Zamora – El Salvador

Salvador, if I return on a summer day, so humid my thumb
*****will clean your beard of salt, and if I touch your volcanic face,

Read rest of poem 


francine j. harris – Single Lines Looking Forward. or One Monostich Past 45

The joke is orange. which has never been funny.

For awhile I didn’t sleep on my bright side.
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Poetry Diary:

Derek Mahon – Everything is Going to be All Right

How should I not be glad to contemplate
the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window
and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?
There will be dying, there will be dying,
but there is no need to go into that.

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