North Dakota Roots

A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude). Poetry, musings, and an occasional blurt

Throughout her lifetime of writing poetry, Mary Oliver was largely ignored by the literary establishment. Crickets. I have the sense she was humored, discounted, or metaphorically speaking patted on the head for being too plain-spoken. Yet, countless readers have found a home in her words, her style, and her reverence. Some found a greater appreciation …

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Gentle Reader: My deep sorrow around today’s politics is that people are turning on each other. Even more disturbing is poets are turning on poets via elitist and invective posts that may be therapeutic for the writer and “red meat” for like-minded followers but ignore the diversity among us and border on blacklisting. I’m reminded of Martin Neimoller’s poem (1892-1984) …

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Amherst June 2017 Gentle Reader: I’ve been asked to tell about my pilgrimage to Amherst but I had to put that aside until I got a good start on the poems which immediately percolated from that seminal experience. Frankly, I also had to let the emotions subside so I wouldn’t blather on about it here. …

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Gentle Reader: Yesterday, I spent a fair amount of time re-centering myself after several weeks of work-related busyness which left me out of sorts and, frankly, cranky. That kind of hubbub was my norm for so many years that I’ve needed time to shift my focus and reprioritize my time. The first step came about …

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Gentle Reader: A recent conversation with a fellow writer has prompted me to give thought to what I might do with my time if I were to achieve a better balance in my life. What occurs to me, in the context of an alternate use of time and inclination is that I would like to write …

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Gentle Reader: The annual List of Banished Words— a release by Lake Superior State University—has caught my attention again. Fortunately, normal people can take consolation that much of the blame for this year’s list goes to politicians and the news media. For the rest of us, the advent of texting, instant messaging, and Facebook has …

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