IllinoisTimes - Poetry Fri, 21 Oct 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 entertainment poem #4 entertainment poem #4
 now that I’m stented I use thetreadmill at the Y there are twoscreens to alleviate boredom oneatop the other today I could choosebetween walking in new zealandmassive rock formations pondsbosk...]]>
familystory # 11 familystory # 11
 my bespectacled father small for his ageyoungest in his class stayed out a yearbetween high school and college andworked on the farm that job didn’t lastfor the married teacher in the one room...]]>
great grandson poem #1 great grandson poem #1
great grandson poem #1far from any city lights here in thecentral nevada high desert countrythe almost cold breeze blows throughopen porch windows and you burrow deeper into the comforter the farm’s...]]>
word to the wise poem #3 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 weather watch, lake springfield
 weather watch, lake springfieldfurious winds whipwhitecaps on the roiling wavesducks paddle serene©2016 Jacqueline Jackson...]]>
lincoln half-marathon 2016 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 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 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...]]>