‘Dew’ by Kay Ryan

Image source: Library of Congress As neatly as peas in their green canoe, as discreetly as beads strung in a row, sit drops of dew along a blade of grass. But unattached and subject to their weight, they slip if they accumulate. Down the green tongue out of the morning sun into the general damp, … Continue reading ‘Dew’ by Kay Ryan


Spanish Poetry for the Sullen

Image source: Amazon I Can Neither Hold You Nor Let You Go I can neither hold you nor let you go, I know not why, to let you go or hold you Causes me, I know not why, to want you, Or to find you wanting for what I do not know. Since you will … Continue reading Spanish Poetry for the Sullen

In Tough Times

When the pawn hits the conflict he thinks like a king What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight And he'll win the whole thing 'fore he enters the ring There's nobody to batter when your mind is your might So when you go solo you hold your own hand And … Continue reading In Tough Times


"You were three years of water." How deeply this resonates with me. It comes from bittersweet and intimate memories that I go over a lot mentally. I'm certain that anyone who reads those six simple words has their own encounter of a three year affair or event in their life. It doesn't even matter. This very … Continue reading Acknowledgment

A Coming Identity

There is something astounding you feel within when you share a certain kind of suffering with someone. It was naïve of me to think that there was no one else out there who’d understand my sentiments. Yet here we are. I’m a Nuyorican. And for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a Puerto … Continue reading A Coming Identity

‘A Name’ by Ada Limón

Image source: Kentucky Lex Go When Eve walked among the animals and named them — nightingale, red-shouldered hawk, fiddler crab, fallow deer — I wonder if she ever wanted them to speak back, looked into their wide wonderful eyes and whispered, “Name me, name me.” - Ada Limón (1976) I found this poem while riding … Continue reading ‘A Name’ by Ada Limón