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American Life In Poetry


I am often asked if I know of a good poem to be read at a wedding, and here's one by James Bertolino, from his new and selected poems, Ravenous Bliss. Bertolino lives in Washington state and I have been a reader of his poetry for almost fifty years. When he and I were younger, we often published in the same literary journals, most of which have slipped away into the past.

A Wedding Toast

May your love be firm,

and may your dream of life together

be a river between two shores-

by day bathed in sunlight, and by night

illuminated from within. May the heron

carry news of you to the heavens, a...

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