Tag Archives: ars poetica

Hombres de maíz

From the Mayan creation story in the Popol Vuh, the first people were made of earth and mud, but they dissolved in water. The second people were made of wood, but they lacked mind and spirit. Then the animals gathered … Continue reading

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Poet Business

Mars Poetica Posted on August 27, 2010 by Ray Sharp Howling at the moon is a poem pure. Scratching pencil to paper is another way, better than solving the crossword after a glass of red wine which is just the … Continue reading

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attention to sounds, rhyme and near-rhyme

Haiku 13.11 (Wolf Moon) Posted on January 28, 2013 by Ray Sharp Wolf tracks through deep snow follow the old cow moose down in gullied moonglow

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Something from Nothing

Turning the layers, looking for clues In the archives, for repeated words Rolled between fingers and thumbs like worry beads, like phrases From dead languages recited until They become a kind of secret prayer, Then lo and behold I find these … Continue reading

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Mendocino Seascape

Abalone, coastal fog, talk of tides. What is life but a rusty crab pot and a hundred poems unwritten? Told, untold, fold, unfold, like breathing. Open, close, like a book of souls.

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Heartwood

It may have been Henry, or Gary, or Wendell, who said when you split firewood it warms you twice.  And I once wrote a poem titled Twice Burned, a very different story.  Sometimes you live it once, then again on … Continue reading

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Consolation

And it’s best to begin with that most obvious and undeniable truth — like the protuberant nose on which the lens-scratched glasses perch that breaches the plane of every open door an eighth step ahead of the sternum — of … Continue reading

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