IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Sun, 25 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 word to the wise poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17733-word-to-the-wise-poem-3.html word to the wise poem #3
not mentioning any names or anythingbut teenage kids here’s a warning word:if you ask a parent for money to go tothe fair and you’re given admission thecost of elephant ears turkey legs rides onst...]]>
north fifth street poem #22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17686-north-fifth-street-poem-22.html north fifth street poem #22
north fifth street poem #22the stump’s base two yards across andhollow a few inch circle of live growthsupporting the most majestic leafycrowned tree in our neighborhood it had to go every storm hug...]]>
wordpoem #17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17661-wordpoem-17.html wordpoem #17
 wordpoem #17    there’s this net wordgame babbleI tune in for company with morningcoffee it starts my cogs rolling I aim to locate half the words the grids are sometimes huge th...]]>
electronic devices poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17641-electronic-devices-poem-4.html electronic devices poem #4
a teacher guy writes on the chat log:my cellphone is a very old modelat work I look on the deathly silenceand see an ocean of kids with theirearbuds headphones on their facesbathed in the harsh light ...]]>
summer poem # 19 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17592-summer-poem--19.html summer poem # 19
we visited the ben and jerry factorynear our vermont cottage a popularstop for tourists and locals alike a   little kid tipped his cone the pink ball of ice cream flew out I caughtit in myun...]]>
summer cottage #18 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17578-summer-cottage-18.html summer cottage #18
I try to connect with my grandkidsit’s not easy but I think I got mygrandson’s attention he was fishingflinging his line around though notdangerously I said I got hooked oncehe showed interest so ...]]>
summer cottage # 17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17553-summer-cottage--17.html summer cottage # 17
this place used to be niceit will be again after a bitbut this summer we arriveto plumbing problems powerproblems worst is mice theyhave been into everythingbedding shredded drawersfouled not a dish y...]]>
quotes poem #16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17532-tes-poem-16.html quotes poem #16
 quotes poem #16 found these from my dad Ron Douganin an old letter sent my kids: “The world’sa MESS! Too bad I’m not going to bearound to straighten it out!” and “Someday I’ll be an ...]]>
summer advice poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17495-summer-advice-poem-11.html summer advice poem #11
if a bear steals your backpackand you’re alone on the trailstarving you can eat porcupineflesh raw it even provides itsown toothpicks of course if youare a vegetarian you’ll have tomake do with nu...]]>
personal poem # 14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17478-personal-poem--14.html personal poem # 14
personal poem # 14once on a time I put in (at my job) forfull professorship that’s the pinnacleof pay and prestige I got turned downthe committee chair told me “you havenot yet internalized the pr...]]>
gift poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17454-gift-poem-2.html gift poem #2
 last year this column warmly praisedscores of helpful high school kidsthey came again this June some 300volunteers from Minn to Miss, Bostonto Bakersfield. I recently wrote ofGroup 14 who while ...]]>
treasure poem # 2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17424-treasure-poem--2.html treasure poem # 2
 treasure poem # 2we perched on the big wood flour boxnext to grama’s stove a good placeout from underfoot but close to theaction of mincemeat doughnuts piesrolled out on the marble tabletopwhe...]]>
insectpoem #9 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17391-insectpoem-9.html insectpoem #9
 my current focus has been cecropia alovely moth now in its beginning stagesa botanist at my sister’s elderlivingestablishment has glass jars set up withunhatched eggs strings of pale pearlsand...]]>
on writing your stories #5 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17374-on-writing-your-stories-5.html on writing your stories #5
on writing your stories #5seem to be on a roll so why not go onwhat about my first publication I wasten writing a long oz-like tale have Itold you this before the heroine hada snazzy name orania turqu...]]>
transition poem #5 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17338-transition-poem-5.html transition poem #5
 transition poem #5my dad came from country schoolsmall for his age shy insecure hetold me of that first day walking up to the huge doors of the city schoolhe felt everyone was looking at himhe w...]]>
on writing your stories #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17318-on-writing-your-stories-4.html on writing your stories #4
 on writing your stories #4 long long ago here’s how aclever chap got himself in printI forget where I read it hewrote to a newspaper thathad a q-and-a column givinga line of his own poem...]]>
on writing your stories #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17294-on-writing-your-stories-3.html on writing your stories #3
from a 1995 letter of CopelandGreene: our fathers were memberson the first American Breedersartificial insemination board.I am curious as to the progressof your book. My impression isthat you hav...]]>
lincoln statues poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17268-lincoln-statues-poem-4.html lincoln statues poem #4
 lincoln statues poem  #4most of you are aware of thenumerous depictions in thisarea of our most famous sonthe volkmans even wrote abooklet with numbered photoswell there’s a new stat...]]>
When the Prodigal Returned http://illinoistimes.com/article-17242-when-the-prodigal-returned.html When the Prodigal Returned
This week’s poem is by guest poet John Knoepflewho began this poetry spotin IT fourteen years ago.sad moosin the barn...]]>
endings poem # 14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17200-endings-poem--14.html endings poem # 14
 endings poem # 14when something catches my breathon the car radio – WILL these days – a brandenburg for instance or brahmsvariations on a theme by haydn (that seventh bell-like variation is...]]>
friendly conversation http://illinoistimes.com/article-17173-friendly-conversation.html friendly conversation
this writer emails her old buddy akacomputer guru after he’s rescued heronce again from her electronic cesspit:“I know I am a trial to you . . . ”“Trial???” he responds. “Trial???Test, ord...]]>
insect thoughts #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17132-insect-thoughts-4.html insect thoughts #4
insect thoughts #4(more than you want to hear)on my kitchen floor in a bowl of waterlives a live tick I found it on my neckafter burning charlie’s prairie last weekdon’t think it had time to bite ...]]>
manzanar http://illinoistimes.com/article-17112-manzanar.html manzanar
the name means apples lingers on your lipslike honey yet the place it names is sandydry with ice-cold winters baking summersrows of drafty barracks barbed wirearmed towers soldiers all these to guardt...]]>
weather watch, lake springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17069-weather-watch-lake-springfield.html weather watch, lake springfield
 weather watch, lake springfieldfurious winds whipwhitecaps on the roiling wavesducks paddle serene©2016 Jacqueline Jackson...]]>
lincoln half-marathon 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17039-lincoln-half-marathon-2016.html lincoln half-marathon 2016
 awaiting the lincoln half-marathonyellow directional abe signs up forweeks no parking ones since yesterdayI’ll put on my lincoln top hat genuinevintage liberated from clayville whenour school ...]]>
n fifth street poem #23 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17014-n-fifth-street-poem-23.html n fifth street poem #23
why can’t kids play on theplayground next door to me it’s fenced locked except duringschool hours liability says ourneighborhood president well why can’t we extend insurance to cover all hours t...]]>
personal thanks poem # 4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16962-personal-thanks-poem--4.html personal thanks poem # 4
 personal thanks poem # 4I’m not the one hoss shay yet buthad an irate heart recently as manyIT readers know came out okey dokenow a member of the stent sister- (andbrother-) hood: pills exerci...]]>
note on kitchen table http://illinoistimes.com/article-16937-note-on-kitchen-table.html note on kitchen table
 hi dad hi mom I know being elected prez ofthe whole high school senate can’t comparewith head of the free world but it’s prettybig stuff for me yeah that was my winningplatform—big stuff, ...]]>
Having Survived Double Jeopardy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16916-having-survived-double-jeopardy.html Having Survived Double Jeopardy
 This week’s poem is by permission of Robert Erickson, brother-in-law to Springfield’s DelindaChapman. He is in hospice, and hopes to live to see these prescient words printed in Illinois Tim...]]>
farm poem # 27 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16893-farm-poem--27.html farm poem # 27
after we moved from the little house on the  dairy to our own place up the road the browns moved into the little house earl was a milkman geneva did piece work at home for the shoe factory a...]]>