Why Doesn’t the Sun Bleed

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

Even the Sun directs our gaze away from
itself and to the life illumined by it.
─ Eberhard Arnold

The Sun himself is weak when he first rises and
gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
─ Charles Dickens

The day of the Sun is like the day of a king.
It is a promenade in the morning,
a sitting on the throne at noon,
a pageant in the evening.
  ─ Wallace Stevens

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A Poem for the Birthday of Lars Gustafsson

Lars Gustafsson(1936 –2016) was born in Västerås, Sweden on May 17. A Swedish poet, novelist, and scholar, he published his first novel in 1959, and his first poetry collection the following year. Some of his poetry collections have been published in the U.S, including: The Stillness of the World Before Bach (New Directions, 1988), Elegies and Other Poems (New Directions, 2000), and A Time in Xanadu (Copper Canyon Press, 2008). Gustafsson was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 until 2006, when he retired and returned to Sweden.

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TCS: Adrienne Rich and the Meaning of We

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It was an old theme even for me:
Language cannot do everything –

– Adrienne Rich

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After the Rain

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
– Vivian Greene

“I have always considered the rain to be healing – a blanket – the comfort of a friend.”
– Douglas Coupland

“Give thanks for the rain in your life which waters the flowers of your soul.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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TCS: Even Gardens, It Seems, Can Set Off Explosions

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In politics, arts
no issue’s dramatic
nor will ‘play’ till its heart’s
simplified to fanatic.

– Mona Van Duyn

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Swans On Gentle Waterways

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“A swan looking at the world from a misty calm lake is like a creature looking at the world from space! All he sees is a large herd of people governed by the most stupid and most inadequate people.”

– Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker

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TCS: Guerrilla Gardening – Making Sense in a Senseless World

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In the world at large, people are rewarded or punished
in ways that are often utterly random. In the garden,
cause and effect, labor and reward, are re-coupled.

Gardening makes sense in a senseless world.
By extension, then, the more gardens in the world,
the more justice, the more sense is created.

– Andrew Weil

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A Poem for International Dance Day

April 29, 1982International Dance Day was launched by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American’s best-known woman poet and one of the nation’s greatest and most original authors, lived the life of a recluse in Amherst Massachusetts. She wrote nearly 1800 poems, ignoring the traditional poetic forms prevailing among most of the other poets of her day. The extent of her work wasn’t known until after her death, when her younger sister Lavinia discovered her cache of poems.

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TCS: U.S. Poets Laureate of the 21st Century, Part THREE – ‘A Spark of Kindness’

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How many answers shall be found
in the developing world of my Poem?
I don’t know. Nevertheless I put my Poem,

which is my life, into your hands, where it will do the best it can.

– Gwendolyn Brooks (U.S. Poet Laureate, 1985-1986)

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A Poem for National Tea Day

Carol Ann Duffy (1955 –) — Scottish poet and playwright, became the first woman, first Scot, and first openly LGBT person appointed as Britain’s Poet Laureate (2009-2019). Her 1985 poetry collection, Standing Female Nude, won the first of her three Scottish Arts Council Book Awards. Mean Time (1993) won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. She also won the 1995 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, and many other honors. In Duffy’s The World’s Wife, she gives us a collection of modern versions of the old tales, with an unsettling feminist twist.

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