This week’s poem comes from the largely forgotten African American poet James Weldon Johnson whose book “God’s Trombones” takes as its task to preserve the language and cadence of the African American preaching tradition. The collection begins in a prayer for mercy and then moves through Biblical history to arrive at the final judgement, aContinue reading “40 Days of Mercy: Week 4”
And what if, in the end, you lost it all?In the poorly timed decision,the negligent hurry,in missing the moment for the undoing click?What if, in a swift dazzle of technology, allyour acts and monuments fell down a drainnever to be found or known again? Would you, then, wake up at sunriseto find that, in spiteContinue reading “After Losing”
This one has a stone wall that you saw driving north at sunrise on your last day at work. You thought, “I’ll write a poem about that”, but by sunset it was lockdown again and you went home to stay home. No poem. This one has a glimpse you caught of your face reflected inContinue reading “For all your unwritten poems”
A New Year’s resolution: to get in the way less, so that love might have more room.
Well, I’ve been promising some new features at The Consolations of Writing, and am pleased to announce here my first podcast, exploring the prison poetry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Click here to access the podcast, and be sure to subscribe to the channel at iTunes if you like it!