IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Thu, 30 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 flu shot poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14636-flu-shot-poem-1.html flu shot poem #1
 flu shot poem #1this is flu shot season my friend annette writes she can’t take one on account of raw egg allergy she  adds, “I’ll always remember my grandmother’s recollections of...]]>
retiree’s lament poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14622-retiree%25E2%2580%2599s-lament-poem-1.html retiree’s lament poem #1
the State has stole our pensionsthe State has stole our pensionsthe State has stole our pensionssing loo-di-doo-di-doothat big ole bag of moneywe gave our savings tothe State just took and stole itsin...]]>
vermontpoem #41 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14594-vermontpoem-41.html vermontpoem #41
 vermontpoem #41 this morning the lake is still no ripples mar the surface not even my own as I swim no little swallows (black tops white bellies) dip and wheel to catch their insect breakfast th...]]>
ebola poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14566-ebola-poem-1.html ebola poem #1
the thin child perhaps nineleaning against the slim treeweeping her mother just deadthe mother who helped acollapsed pregnant friend intoa taxi to get her to a hospitalthe trip was in vain the womandi...]]>
springfield 66 poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14535-springfield-66-poem-1.html springfield 66 poem #1
 springfield 66 poem #1 busy time this fri eve in springfield route 66 gala already begun hard to get to the old pharmacy to see tom handy’s photos of palms and their latticed shadows  jim...]]>
midsummer vermont #22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14509-midsummer-vermont-22.html midsummer vermont #22
today’s excitement –very early morningerratic drummingmore a thuddingslow with pausescould it be? I’d heardthem in the woods butnever seen one yet hereone was – a piliatedwoodpecker on thedead...]]>
suicide poem #6 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14467-suicide-poem-6.html suicide poem #6
 suicide poem #6  royce by pulling that trigger you’ve spared yourself my grandkids’ growing up their school and sports successes their loves and losses and given them instead a burden t...]]>
dairystate poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14445-dairystate-poem-2.html dairystate poem #2
our area of wisconsin has lovelylively names afton avalon tiffanycarvers rock beckmans mill dariendelavan elkhorn hog hollow I wentwith my grandfather to a townshipmeeting of some sort in emerald grov...]]>
grampa poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14417-grampa-poem-3.html grampa poem #3
 grampa poem #3in a letter to his second son my grampa writes, “If I try to tell you what you like and what you dislike I may play the role of the shoemaker who was fitting a pair of shoes to a...]]>
laborday poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14389-laborday-poem-1.html laborday poem #1
a 1952 news item just found:“Dairy Workers to 5-DayWeek” – ten years beforethis clipping I heard mygrandfather say “We can’tgo to a six-day week untilwe breed a six-day cow.”...]]>
norwaypoem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14356-norwaypoem-2.html norwaypoem #2
 norwaypoem #2I am in norway how refreshing to be in a spot where everyone speaks a tongue that is not mine norwegian is a musical language light its phrases end in upbeats reflecting the country...]]>
norway poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14320-norway-poem-1.html norway poem #1
we climbed a stony path to our snugcottage my granddaughter and meI walked with decorated polestheir tips blunted our hosts’ cottagewas below they raised their shadesto show us they were up we raise...]]>
vermontpoem #38 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14290-vermontpoem-38.html vermontpoem #38
 vermontpoem #38first night here 2:30 a.m. terrible crying strange not an owl could it be a dog trapped somewhere in the woods no not a dog it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard but what to do I...]]>
vermontpoem #37 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14266-vermontpoem-37.html vermontpoem #37
a tiny lavender blossomfive petals fringed leafon the path to the shorea moment of happiness...]]>
specificity poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14229-specificity-poem-1.html specificity poem #1
 specificity poem #1 grandchild cressie not yet 3 busy with pencil and paper – her mom heard her say “grass”– thought this worth a look since pictures so far were circles and scribbles no...]]>
vermontpoem #36 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14201-vermontpoem-36.html vermontpoem #36
I weep a littlethis first night heregiving this place upwhere I’ve been comingsummers for sixty yearsthe colorful poetry wallin the bathroom blaketolkien le guin tennysonmy own kids’ writingsthe l...]]>
phish poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14174-phish-poem-1.html phish poem #1
 phish poem #1well odd things happen I am at a phish concert in saratoga springs not exactly atmore beside in my car but I can hear the throbbing drums sometimes a wail of a vocalist the crowd’...]]>
on remembering poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14147-on-remembering-poem-7.html on remembering poem #7
 on remembering poem #7daddy bathed us a row of four in the tuba gentle word bathe but with daddy it was four left legs aloft scrubbed down with a soapy cloth four left arms stuck out ditto all t...]]>
where I grew up poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14119-where-i-grew-up-poem-3.html where I grew up poem #3
 where I grew up poem #3the house is gone the barn is gonethe metal corn bins are gone thedrying bins gone the corn storage building gone the corn processing building gone (the one with the mural...]]>
spur of the moment poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14093-spur-of-the-moment-poem-1.html spur of the moment poem #1
the woman ahead of me in thecheckout line paid for her groceriesin quarters the cashier made manylittle stacks and checked them againand again to be sure there were fourin each the woman was more defi...]]>
ingenuity story #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14066-ingenuity-story-1.html ingenuity story #1
 ingenuity story #1back in the days of old-fashioned devicesa huge group picture at a Y camp thephotographer’s camera would sweepthe crowd so that one end was recordedbefore the other well ther...]]>
dialoguepoem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14036-dialoguepoem-4.html dialoguepoem #4
 dialoguepoem #4“We were just married,” Harlan the herdsman told me, “and we’d moved into the apartment over the milkhouse. They were butchering. Grampa Dougan climbed the stairs, knocked...]]>
musicpoem #32 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14008-musicpoem-32.html musicpoem #32
driving listening to music over NPRvisualizing choreography costumes Igot to wondering what music can’t yousee dancers real music I mean well bachbut no there are all those gigues gavottesbut a bran...]]>
immortality poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13960-immortality-poem-2.html immortality poem #2
I wonder if it ever crossed tenniel’s mind when he was having fun with caterpillars  smoking hookahs a neck stretched up to the tree tops a lizard flying out a chimney a cat vanished except for...]]>
frustration poem #gazillion http://illinoistimes.com/article-13941-frustration-poem-gazillion.html frustration poem #gazillion
when you’re hunting for somethingreally important and can’t find it youyou turn up a lot of other stuff thatshould’ve been tended to yesterdayor last week or last year or even beforethey flood y...]]>
it’s a strange world poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13913-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-strange-world-poem-2.html it’s a strange world poem #2
 it’s a strange world poem #2  in the car I bellowed along with tannhauser that tremendous heavy measured theme with all those little squirrelly bits you hardly hear sort of like a heavy t...]]>
philanthropy poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13828-philanthropy-poem-1.html philanthropy poem #1
lately I have been writing a lot aboutjohn rockefeller prentice grandson ofjohn d my new book is full of him andhis tireless work in producing bettercattle I knew him he gave me a copy oftreasure isla...]]>
Found poem: letter from my father http://illinoistimes.com/article-13802-found-poem-letter-from-my-father.html Found poem: letter from my father
Found poem: letter from my father To the editor of the Beloit Daily News: This note is addressed to the family who discarded their family cat on Colley Road just east of the I-90 underpass. This cat v...]]>
just is poem #1 or 1000 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13773-just-is-poem-1-or-1000.html just is poem #1 or 1000
 a carhit a carhit a carhit a carhit my friendron stoppedat a red lighthe checked outokay at thehospital Icould addphilosophicclichés hereweb of lifeout of theblue left fieldbut you cando that f...]]>
poop poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13736-poop-poem-2.html poop poem #2
 poop poem #2back to unpoetic topics here are twogrossies about dog poop I was inmadison working with my nephewhe lives three blocks from my sisterhe wasn’t up yet I figured I’d goshare a cup...]]>