IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Mon, 28 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
musicpoem, sort of #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13701-musicpoem-sort-of-1.html musicpoem, sort of #1
 musicpoem, sort of #1when we were kids we took our musiclessons in madison every saturday atthe wisconsin school of music a big oldhouse with sound pouring out of every fissure from squeaks squa...]]>
babylon #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13669-babylon-1.html babylon #1
 babylon #1woke up worked drank coffee worked emails phone calls worked rearrangedmanuscript last minute stuff workedworked didn’t think a single thoughtabout you till I was driving late tochur...]]>
First day of spring poem http://illinoistimes.com/article-13629-first-day-of-spring-poem.html First day of spring poem
 First day of spring poemMy snowdrops are up, shivering, but visited by honeybees, and so I offer you my mother’s love poem to my dad, written in 1924, whiletheir May marriage was pending. Beca...]]>
storypoem #14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13601-storypoem-14.html storypoem #14
in the car the whole family drivingnorth I was eight I discovered a metalwhistle a slush pump by blowing andsliding the plunger up or down one couldmake swooping sounds I soon realizedby stopping on a...]]>
rye poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13569-rye-poem-1.html rye poem #1
I found an essay my sister wrote when shewas a college freshman her prof must haveasked for an autobiography it is of courseinteresting to me for we shared the samechildhood and some of the same memor...]]>
opera poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13513-opera-poem-4.html opera poem #4
 just viewed a magnificent aida fromthe met cast of thousands egyptiansets animals no elephants thoughpleated skirts familiar music but Ihave to confess in that final scenewith the lovers radames...]]>
on a monday morning http://illinoistimes.com/article-13482-on-a-monday-morning.html on a monday morning
 on a monday morning by John Knoepfle, former poet ofthis column; 91 on Feb. 4well dear heart what to say this sunshine hour it is a blue sky day the threat of the storm is gone you will be out a...]]>
violinist poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13457-violinist-poem-1.html violinist poem #1
 violinist poem #1my sister was nine when mom tookher young violinist to a fritz kreislerconcert in milwaukee at its closethey went backstage the famous artistwas surrounded he was perhaps sixtyj...]]>
arachnid poem #13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13428-arachnid-poem-13.html arachnid poem #13
 arachnid poem #13I’m sure you want to hear about spider sex males do not have copulatory organs they spin a small silk mat deposit their semen on it dip in their feelers then plunge these into...]]>
strange weather poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13392-strange-weather-poem-7.html strange weather poem #7
 oddest bit of weather yesterday so oddit was mentioned on the local news mildout sun yet it was suddenly snowing andno ordinary snow – evenly spaced, bluebetween, and no ordinary flakes either...]]>
family story poem # 23 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13374-family-story-poem--23.html family story poem # 23
 our family traveled after the waronce gas wasn’t rationed we went toflorida over christmas played on thebeach enroute we slept in those littleseparate tourist cabins that predatemotels mother...]]>
new year’s poem #9 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13315-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-poem-9.html new year’s poem #9
hi folks and happy january I havegood news we can’t destroy our earthno matter how we whack it frack itpollute it subject it to every outragewe can’t destroy it we can do in a lotof species includ...]]>
oomphalos poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13271-oomphalos-poem-1.html oomphalos poem #1
 oomphalos poem #1when my dad was sixty-seven he was in the hospital a couple months he was a terrible patient he wouldn’t eat the food wouldn’t drink the water “it tastes better in my hors...]]>
My gift http://illinoistimes.com/article-13255-my-gift.html My gift
This poem was written by my mother,Vera Wardner Dougan, to my father,for their first Christmas together, 1924. I’m repeating it here, for it is so simple, appropriate and t...]]>