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American Life In Poetry

James Crews is the editor of a very timely anthology entitled Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, published by Green Writers Press. He's also an accomplished poet and the author of...

 

Americans Can't Even Agree on Turkey Time

Listening to the radio one day, I heard the editor of a cooking magazine say that 4 p.m. is the "proper" time, indeed, the only time to serve Thanksgiving dinner. If your turkey is done any earlier...

 

American Life In Poetry

The ocarina call of a mourning dove, a woman mourning the death of a pet, and yet it all comes to looking forward to more and more life, whatever is there, wherever the mourning dove will lead her. Linda Parsons lives in Knoxville, and her most...

 

All the Cars I've Loved

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I talk to my car. I praise it when it makes it up my steep, slippery hill in the winter. And I pat it on the dashboard and apologize if I grind the gears or let the... Full story

 

It's Scary Out There

A lot of people may not be comfortable with Halloween activities this year because of the pandemic. It's a shame really, because we all have masks now. But any other year, normally sane people would...

 

American Life In Poetry

BJ Omanson was raised near the Spoon River in Illinois, site of Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology, and he has compiled a fine book of poems in Masters' tradition called Stark County Poems, publ...

 

American Life In Poetry

Often, for me, it's a single image that really makes a poem, and in this poem by Jeff Worley, from his chapbook Lucky Talk, published by Broadstone Books, it's "a man conducting an orchestra/ of...

 
 By staff    Entertainment    October 8, 2020

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago - 2001 Primghar Chamber to host City Council Candidates' Forum Wed. Oct. 24 - The Primghar Chamber of Commerce, at it's October meeting, has opted to host a Candidates' Forum on Wednesday...

 

Mutterings from the Arboretum

Holy leaf blower! We have enough trees to start an arboretum. If you'd been in my living room this morning, you'd have seen me staring out my window and muttering something like, "I swear we have...

 

American Life In Poetry

There will be many, many poems written about these days of great fear the world is enduring, just as there were after 9/11, and I like to think this one by Richard Levine, who lives in Brooklyn, will...

 

Still Not a Smoker

I two step while I cook and pirouette while I unload the dishwasher. Then I waltz with the broom-while I sweep up the dishes I broke two stepping and pirouetting. I just love working in the kitchen!...

 

Google the Omnipotent

I was racking my brain one day, trying to come up with a clever phrase for a particularcolumn. As I'm sure you're aware, I never did. But that's because I got off track when I started to wonder if,...

 

American Life in Poetry

We're entering a new kind of autumn. This one arrives after months and months when everything was new and strange, and offered very little but bad news for the future. All spring and summer parents wo...

 

How to Take a Porcupine to the Vet

Going to the veterinarian is traumatic for our cat which means it's also traumatic for my husband and me. Probably for the vet too. Honestly, I'd rather take a bobcat in for shots. Or a Brahma bull....

 

No More Flying Mustard

I don't mean to brag, but our refrigerator is above average. These days, the average fridge lasts just 14 years. Ours is 26 and still humming along, though it hums a little louder than it did when my...

 

American Life In Poetry

What do we select to keep with us when someone we love has died? Here's Gail Mazur, who lives in Massachusetts, opening her closet door to show us. This poem originally appeared in the journal...

 

Hey Greeting Card Company! You Can Do Better.

Dear Greeting Card Person, I'm about to have a milestone birthday. I won't say which one, but I'll give you a hint: It's not 10. I'm writing to suggest you make some changes to your birthday card...

 

American Life In Poetry

Maine's former poet laureate, Wesley McNair, is one of my favorite writers. Godine has just published a touching book-length memoir, in verse, entitled Dwellers in the House of the Lord. Though it's...

 

I'm a Bit Fitter Than I Was Last Month

I lost my fitness tracker in September, so I haven't been able to exercise for almost nine months. I'm joking. I've been training like an Olympic athlete, I just can't prove it without my tracker....

 

Splash! A Story About Something

This is a story about the importance of being flexible. Or maybe it's about the dangers of vanity. Or being overly cautious or just plain foolish. It's about one of those. I was preparing to go for a...

 

American Life In Poetry

Karla Huston was Wisconsin's Poet Laureate in 2017 and 2018, and lives in Appleton. She's published several books and chapbooks and does the good work of reviewing poetry for various journals. "Lip,"...

 

American Life In Poetry

Because I'm a senior citizen I'm easily attracted by poems about my brothers and sisters meandering into their golden years. Here's a poem by Edward Hirsch, who lives in New York, that offers our... Full story

 

American Life In Poetry

I love poems that delightfully offer voices for otherwise mute things, and I like what the following cash register has to say about her life and times. This poem is from Maria Nazos' chapbook, Still...

 

American Life In Poetry

We've featured several other poems by Bruce Guernsey, who lives in Illinois and Maine. But here he is visiting Gettysburg and giving us a poem for Memorial Day. "Naming the Trees" is forthcoming in th...

 

American Life In Poetry

Once, as a young man, I needed a pair of black shoes to wear at a wedding at which I was to be a groomsman and after work one day I was following a truck with a flapping canvas over the open back,...

 

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