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Ringed Round by Green

“If I could strip a sunflower bare to its bare soul, I would rebuild it: Green inside of green, ringed round by green. There’d be nothing but new flowers anymore. Absolute Christmas.” Donald Revell’s poem of never-ending green, the “furnace … Continue reading

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Discerning Dialogue

I attended a talk by poet laureate and poetry professor Billy Collins earlier this year. Someone asked him whether anyone can produce a poem, and he noted that one thing that cannot be taught is metaphor. Thinking metaphorically seems to … Continue reading

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Quicksilver

Jim was a photographic alchemist.  Among his skills was the ability to transform green into silver. Quicksilver seems an apt metaphor for grief, both in the absence of bright, buoyant colors and in its metaphorical sense of turning on a … Continue reading

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Gone, Gone Away

My husband Jim managed to fool me again.  I can see his twinkle and his grin, though he has gone, gone away. I thought all the fowl had left the small pond Jim photographed on his way back from work … Continue reading

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