Entries tagged with “Poetry”

Every Second Something Happens

Poems for the Mind and SensesSelected by Christine San José and Bill Johnson, with illustrations by Melanie HallPoetry for children has to be the very best. It has to tickle the mi…

Film Review: Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s The ProphetDirected by Roger AllersGKIDS There are few things in life more glorious than the sound of Liam Neeson reading lines from the great poet Gibran’s The Pr…

Film Review: The Seer

The SeerA Portrait of Wendell BerryLaura DunnTwo Birds FilmDirector Laura Dunn’s documentary portrait of the legendary environmentalist, writer, and farmer Wendell Berry owes as mu…

For a Song and a Hundred Songs

A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese PrisonBy Liao YiwuNew HarvestLong before he was imprisoned for writing and distributing a poem condemning the bloody government crackdown in Tian…

Growing Elder

I thought a lot about Gladys’s comment, secretly hoping I could avoid dying from the head down or the feet up…

Listening and Leaping with Naomi Shihab Nye

Nye talks about the ways poetry is a language without explanation.

Living Wide Open

I will not die an unlived life.I will not live in fearof falling or catching fire.I choose to inhabit my days,to allow my living to open me,to make me less afraid,more accessible;t…

Making the Mind Leap

Searching for the heart of haiku through Allan Ginsberg and Basho.

Marie Howe: Holding the Silence

The acclaimed poet reflects on prayer, desperation, and letting go of what can’t be said.

Mother, After

"on her face like / Renoir / might have painted"

Music Review: Mbalimaou

MbalimaouBoubacar LUSAFRICA  Boubacar TraorÉ was born in the city of Kayes in Mali in West Africa. It’s a country that traces its roots to the 12th-century Mandingo cult…

Music Review: Sanctuary

SanctuaryPhil HaynesCorner Store JazzCymbals, chimes, and drums. Sticks, fingers, and brushes. These are some of the raw materials that Phil Haynes beautifully crafts into rhythmic…

Music Review: The Beautiful Not Yet

The Beautiful Not YetCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light RecordsCarrie Newcomer’s soothing vocals and inspiring music are grounded in social justice and authentic hope. “When you sing a…

Music Review: You Want It Darker

You Want It DarkerLeonard CohenColumbiaJust before the winter settled in, Leonard Cohen passed away in his sleep on November 7, 2016. The singer was 82 years old. Less than a month…

Never Stop Playing

Creativity and play go hand in hand. Cultivating both of these natural instincts later in life is key to wellbeing.

Nighthawks Oceania

A noodle bar in Japan inspires the author to think of Edward Hopper's classic painting Nighthawks.

Nirvana at a Carolina Bus Stop

It wasn’t quite so spring-like yesterday here in Northern Michigan, back to slightly more “normal” temperatures. It’s spring break week around here, which may account for a smaller…

Open Your Heart to the Truth. NO, WAIT, SHUT THE WINDOW!

The truth will set you free! So they say. Lately I’ve been wondering—set you free from what, exactly? Satya, or truthfulness, is one of Patanjali’s five Yamas, or precepts for li…

Ordinary Superpowers

I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that question …

Our Walk in the World: Distributing the Weight

I was moved by our conversation last night. I understand how you feel the presence of suffering always in the background, juxtaposed against the peaceful times and moments of abund…