Wild Women Poets (Poems In A Pandemic #24)

I’ve studied and admired wild women poets for years. These are poets who speak honestly, passionately, and courageously. And with such precision that they’re able to affect both head and heart. They bring insights for our intellect, the part of us that loves and is curious about ideas. And they bring thunderbolts of feelings and…

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Moments of Absolute Clarity (Poems In A Pandemic #23)

Moments of absolute clarity have always been in great demand. That they sometimes pass quickly is not an indictment, only a plea for more. If you’ve ever heard or read or written a prose line or poetry that shook you to your core, I think you’ll relate to this poem by Denise Levertov. What’s her…

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The 11th Commandment Of Pandemics (Poems In A Pandemic #22)

Poems are like jokes, only with serious punch lines! The 11th Commandment of Pandemics reminds us never to forget our humor. Here is that commandment, plus a deliciously subversive and funny poem by the brilliant, activist, writer, and poet Grace Paley. Go ahead, have a chuckle. You might need it at this very moment.  

How Is Your Life Now? (Poems In A Pandemic #21)

This poem, along with the sea, asks, “How is your life now?” The question is more important than the answer, for once we answer it in any way, we have begun to lay down a trail of crumbs toward meaning. And once we have a sense of purpose, we have a fighting chance at gratitude…

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Down In The Mud Where The Truth Is (Poems In A Pandemic #20)

Does it help to protest for fairness and justice? Does it make one bit of difference if we have a clear vision of what right means? How about the possibility, and the question for which our life is the answer? Yes, of course, these things matter. Listen now to a quiet protest poem—a poem of…

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Your Tiny Acts Of Courage (Poems In A Pandemic #18)

Of course, there are grand acts of courage. We admire them. But that is not the kind available to most of us most of the time. What we need now are tiny acts of bravery and courage by us all. In this current age of pandemic, chaotic politics, and climate change, we must seek to…

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Bold Reforms? They Are Coming… (Poems In A Pandemic #17)

Do you feel the boldness of the reforms coming? A more fair and inclusive politics, with new levels of racial and ecological justice. They are coming but not without a degree of work and struggle. To get around the pain, loss, and difficulty, we must move straight through it. Here is a poem that models…

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