For April, two poems published four years ago in a small anthology. Are poems like omelets? What is inspiration? A r s p o e t i c a Water drops in hot oil disappear instantaneously like meaning in conversation between two who do not speak. Steam […]
Israel’s Holocaust (Shoah) Remembrance Day My First Three Years and Now While most of the world marks Holocaust Remembrance Day on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Israel chose the anniversary (on the Hebrew Calendar) of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising to memorialize the Holocaust on the day […]
Do we need to worry about a decline in book sales? I don’t think so. Three reasons why the fear of a decline in sales of books may be misplaced anxiety. The environment is changing, but evidence suggests that more people read now than ever—and this means poetry books, too.
Check out Issue Seven of Decades Review, where you’ll find a poem of mine, Dirty Laundry, and two photos: Damsel Fly and Hands in Water. Please read the poems, look at the photos, like this post, share with others. Thank you. And thank you to Josh Hess, editor […]
Photo: Molotov Man and an exploding ecstasy
of contextual influence and perhaps today a photo
framing my page will savor your search and,
downloaded to your ambitious hard drive, live a new,
ecstatic life of influence. But I doubt it. My photo: perhaps
you will appropriate my photo…
Israel Kamakawiwoole sings from the speakers here in Jerusalem, his Hawai’ian poetry, love poems, free love poems to my ears, weaving through Israel.
This is my poet’s poem to optimize your search engine, my love poem to draw you into my web of intrigue, my friendship poem to invite you to read my MySpace my Wordpress my Facebook poem.
Satire: Old and New It helps to know about (or remember) the administration of Richard M. Nixon to laugh out loud as I did while reading Roth’s great 1971 satire skewering Nixon, but it’s not necessary. Our Gang certainly includes details about Nixon (as well as about Spiro […]
Weather, publication, travel Weather: Wind, Rain and Snow January entered stormily into Jerusalem, quite literally. By the end of the first week, several days of rain culminated in a windstorm with 100 km/h (56 mph) winds that took down several trees overnight on the 6th-7th. Our parking lot […]
A few fleeting thoughts on ephemerality, technologies, and poetry Sometimes poets obtain a sort of immortality. Anonymous has written so many poems over the centuries, for instance. Okay, that’s not the best of examples. However, you probably know what I mean. How long ago did Sappho live? Shakespeare? […]
Originally: 18 September, 2005, response to a 16 September, 2005, post by Gary Lundy on Tribe. Poet, Professor, and Gay Activist Louie Crew posted on his Facebook status that Robert Duncan was born today (7 January) in 1919 (see Louie Crew’s post and its links to more information […]
Fifteen of my poems published in Diogen The Swiss publisher Einhorn Verlag (Unicorn Publishers), run by Samira Bergman Karabeg, has published a handful of books under Einhorn Verlag and Dhira Verlag imprints. Publisher Bergman also produces two magazines, Diogen and Maxminus. Diogen has an annual print edition and […]
The Winter issue of The River Muse (formerly The River Journal) is up as of today, 14 December 2012. This season, we explore peace. Read Ashwin Vasuki writes eloquently about Peace as the Main Feature. See what photographer Leanne Cole says about her work in an Up Close […]
Last night, we lit the Channukiah (Menorah) for the third night of Channukah. In about ten days, the Winter Solstice will slip by. Shortly after that, Christmas comes. However, heavy snow and cold weather arrived in my former home of Minnesota, and rain and relatively cold weather settled […]
An Australian online radio station Phoenix FM DJ, James WF Roberts, read four of my poems 16 November 2012 (around 9:15 am Eastern US Time): Dissonance, Salvation, Peace requires…, and In Jerusalem. Interesting, emotional, Australian-accented reading that gives the poems a power I didn’t previously know they had. Listen […]
Artwork and poems online at Synchronized Chaos. I’m pleased to announce that Synchronized Chaos has published 3 art works and 4 poems of mine this month. These are their kind words about my work: Another source of visual fascination is the work of artist Michael Dickel, whose bright […]
Dear Mr. McTernan: Unfortunately, your comments in your recent blog post show more hatred and less love than I understand is appropriate to Christian beliefs. This is not a time to sow dissent and the seeds of hatred. This is a time to pull together with all of […]
Hebrew Lessons —Michael Dickel מיכאל דקל Learning Hebrew in Ulpan The histories we tell now won’t change the orbit of the earth; stories create worlds as words spin out of control. Each language separates one planet from another. I have become a knee אני. How, an ache איך. […]