Richard Jeffrey Newman

“In Minnesota, the number of teachers applying for retirement benefits increased by 35… In Pennsylvania, the increase…among school employees, including administrators and bus drivers, was even higher — 60 percent over the same time period.”

www.nytimes.com

Sterling A. Brown from The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetrt. Absolutely beautiful!

My cat thinks it’s time for me to take a break.

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #97

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #96

Two new poems up on Unlikely Stories: one about something that happened 30 years ago when I was teaching English in South Korea; the other the first poem I’ve written that explicitly takes on whiteness. @USdotorg

This is a lovely and powerful poem by @RosebudBenOni on Poem-A-Day: “So They Say— They Finally Nailed— the Proton’s Size— & Hope— Dies—”

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #95

First newsletter since the pandemic shutdown. I’m hoping to be more consistent in getting this out once a month.

So this odd: A night with no email. My inboxes—note the plural—have been empty for hours.

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #94

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #93

Cat Yoga

I am very happy to have a new poem, #24 from the sequence “This Sentence Is a Metaphor for Bridge” up on Open: A Journal of Arts & Letters, which is a fine literary magazine, both in its design and in its content.

#poetrycommunity

This is very strange and a little disturbing: Duck Sauce - Big Bad Wolf

#TheSealeyChallenge Day 31 (last day): Rewilding by January Gill O’Neil @januaryoneil.

This is from The Rookie

But this is Little League.
This is where he learns
how to field a position,

how to play a bloop in the gap—
that impossible space where
he’ll always play defense

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #92

#TheSealeyChallenge Day 30: History of Bodies, by Mariko Nagai

This is from “Ovid’s Lovers:”

See how many bodies I have used, how many more bodies I must
go through before I find you.

#sealeychallenge

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #91

This is a lovely poetry video:

youtu.be/Izq883SOj…

#TheSealeyChallenge Day 29: The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde - I read The First Cities

This is from Pirouette:

Your hands on my doorway like rainbows
Following rain
Why are you weeping?

I am come home.

#sealeychallenge

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #90

#TheSealeyChallenge Day 28: The Collected Poems of Ai.

From Twenty Year Marriage:

Pretend you don’t owe me a thing
and maybe we’ll roll out of here,
leaving the past stacked up behind us;
old newspapers nobody’s ever going to read again.

Reread Cruelty after 30+ years.

Bookshelf Juxtapositions #89

#TheSealeyChallenge Day 28: Look, by Solmaz Sharif

No excerpt today. I’m posting this away from the book. I’ll post the excerpt tomorrow when I have the book in my hands again.

#sealeychallenge