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clbeyer

clbeyer

Joined November 2016

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Candles in Babylon | Denise Levertov
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Reading poetry by the Pacific. I feel certain Denise Levertov would approve.
This is an alternative to another poem (twice the length) called "Psalm: People Power at the Die-in." What a name! The lines are basically the same words, but the transitions make the effect of the poem a very different experience.
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Angle of Repose | Wallace Stegner

Routine work, that best of all anodynes which the twentieth century has tried its best to deprive itself of--that is what I most want. I would not trade the daily trip it gives me for all the mind-expanders and mind-deadeners the young are hooked on.

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Light Up the Cave | Denise Levertov
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When a good thing begins...

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Poems by a Little Girl | Hilda Conkling
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Hilda Conkling (1910-1986) dictated all her poems word for word to her mother, starting when she was only five. This is one, probably thought up when she was around nine.

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You must revise your life | William Stafford
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As much as I seek to achieve and create, it is a gentle kindness to know that art finds me where I am.

Stafford's reference to "ever-new flakes of snow" is especially personal. When I was just starting to take myself and my writing seriously, I watched snowflakes dance down, realizing God and universe had conspired to make those particular flakes and I cross paths with each other. Those interactions are the birthplaces of art.

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SharonGoforth Lovely 😍 6y
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Bossypants | Tina Fey
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We take a brief intermission for...

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I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz | Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky, Henry Wilberforce Clarke
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"I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being!"

@Peddler410 's mention of Hafiz prompted me to pull out my long-ignored volume of Daniel Ladinsky's renderings of Hafiz. I can't put them down. I can't stop blushing.

#LitsyPoetry365 Day 5

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Even in quiet places: poems | William Stafford
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".... We lie on the earth;
to keep from falling into the stars we reach
as wide as we can and hold onto the grass."
-from "East of Broken Tip"

Lines like these make me ache.

#LitsyPoetry365 Day 4

Kimzey :Sigh: Love this! 6y
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Even in quiet places: poems | William Stafford
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SharonGoforth Love this! 6y
rockpools Really lovely! 6y
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"Winter Trees" strikes me as the expression of a terrible stark glory. #LitsyPoetry365

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Even in quiet places: poems | William Stafford

"Its door opens near. It's a shrine / by the road, it's a flower in the parking lot / of the Pentagon, it says, 'Look around, / listen. Feel the air.'" -from "Poetry" by William Stafford, my Kansas boy. Apropos for the first day of this new year. Thanks for the invitation to #LitsyPoetry365 @SharonGoforth

SharonGoforth @clbeyer You're very welcome 😊 Thank you for sharing this. 6y
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Babette's Feast | Isak Dinesen
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@ReadingMidwife : Your choices in stories will enchant the angels! @ everyone_else: It goes like this: "Here, give this book to Mom, but hopefully you'll have time to read it first."

ReadingMidwife Oh, I want to hear more about what you thought! 6y
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Road trip to Whistler, BC. Cranked out this snappy holiday read-aloud with the boys. Car time well spent!

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Angle of Repose | Wallace Stegner
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This is my return to Sunday afternoon reading. Tea growing cold, darkness coming on early, and Stegner pointing to humanity in the American West.

ReadingMidwife I really enjoyed that book. Good to see you here! ❤️❤️❤️ 6y
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