Helsinki Window by Robert Creeley

Helsinki Window by Robert Creeley      for Anselm Hollo Go out into brightened space out there the fainter yellowish place it makes for eye to enter out to greyed penumbra all the way to thoughtful searching sight of all beyond that solid red both brick and seeming metal roof or higher black beyond the genial slopeContinue reading “Helsinki Window by Robert Creeley”

Blue Is Greece by Aliki Barnstone

Blue Is Greeceby Aliki Barnstone Blue is Greecewhere fishermen tame their boatsand islands standlike white monastery birdson the Greek flagof spinning blue,where the sky has few airplanesfloating like gods,and if one comesan angel drops a far banner. PHOTO: Patmos, Greece, by freesurf69, used by permission. 

Greece by David Ray

Greece by David Ray Approaching that fatalistic space behind all men and women (still holding their stone robes) you see that there is only one relationship; two figures in the foreground, one range of mountains in the immense distance, with nothing in between. Are you sure you can face it? Here we could learn toContinue reading “Greece by David Ray”

On the Eiffel Tower by Christopher Buckley

On The Eiffel Tower by Christopher Buckley The wrought iron was strung up purely in the substanceless abstraction of thought, set somehow against all the trips and balances of nothing, the engineering of the air. Above the pylons he arched the shrinking heavens with girders resembling an aviary or pergola, then figured out the twelveContinue reading “On the Eiffel Tower by Christopher Buckley”

A Drama in the Luxembourg Gardens by Jacques Réda

A Drama in the Luxembourg Gardens by Jacques Réda    Between the chestnut trees with nothing else to do But ponder their chestnuts (how smooth they are, how round) And the great pond where the rain, too, makes its rounds,    A child has abandoned his toy to pursue    An old, swaggering pigeon. Such a humid day,Continue reading “A Drama in the Luxembourg Gardens by Jacques Réda”

Danvers, Illinois by Richard Spilman

Danvers, Illinois by Richard Spilman There were words Straight as corn, Simple to the tongue as corn, Sentences seried like a field In neat geometrics; And there were moments When the wind stopped And the corn stood silent And heat etched whorls Like rolled glass above the road, When we lifted our heads And listened.Continue reading “Danvers, Illinois by Richard Spilman”

Along Lake Michigan by Brad Leithauser

Along Lake Michiganby Brad Leithauser The road abruptly changed to dirt,Thinned until grasses brushedThe car on both sides, and thenEnded in a loop before the marsh.We hiked along an arm of land heldFirm by cedars, the lake breakingLike an ocean on one side,The rippling, flooded wetlands wideAs a lake on the other.You found a broadContinue reading “Along Lake Michigan by Brad Leithauser”

Ohio Fields After Rain by David Baker

Ohio Fields After Rainby David Baker The slow humped backs of ice ceasedto shadow the savannahs of Ohio millenniaago, right where we’ve sailed to a stop.The shaken woman leaves open her car doorand familiar as relatives we touch handsin the middle of the wet black road.To the north new corn enriches by the hour. SouthContinue reading “Ohio Fields After Rain by David Baker”

The Late Wisconsin Spring by John Koethe

The Late Wisconsin Spring by John Koethe Snow melts into the earth and a gentle breezeLoosens the damp gum wrappers, the stale leavesLeft over from autumn, and the dead brown grass.The sky shakes itself out. And the invisible birdsWinter put away somewhere return, the air relaxes,People start to circulate again in twos and threes.The dominant feelingsContinue reading “The Late Wisconsin Spring by John Koethe”