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Best wishes to all as we navigate the coronavirus. Let's hope creativity of all kinds will help us. 

Some recent and upcoming readings:

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 5 pm--POSTPONED!

Two of my poems are the text of "Far Past War," a new choral work by my sister, composer Augusta Read Thomas. The work will be performed by the Cathedral Choral Society at March of the Women, their celebration of women's suffrage and women composers.

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington DC

For more information:

Click here for Augusta's website.

Click here for the Choral Society's website.

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3 pm--CANCELLED

With two other poets TBA

Blue Whale Poetry Series

Unity of Santa Barbara

227 E Arrellaga St, Santa Barbara, CA

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019, 7:30 pm

"Poets and Painters"

Julia Lisella, Bob Carr, Joyce Swagerty, Amy Clark, Nancy Boutilier, Kathy Nilsson, and I will read poems responding to the work of local painters.

Munroe Saturday Nights

First Parish Church

7 Harrington Rd, Lexington, MA

Click here for details.

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Poem of the Month:

Quarantine, by Eavan Boland, 1944-2020

In the worst hour of the worst season
    of the worst year of a whole people
a man set out from the workhouse with his wife.
He was walking—they were both walking—north.

She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up.
     He lifted her and put her on his back.
He walked like that west and west and north.
Until at nightfall under freezing stars they arrived.

In the morning they were both found dead.
    Of cold. Of hunger. Of the toxins of a whole history.
But her feet were held against his breastbone.
The last heat of his flesh was his last gift to her.

Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.
     There is no place here for the inexact
praise of the easy graces and sensuality of the body.
There is only time for this merciless inventory:

Their death together in the winter of 1847.
      Also what they suffered. How they lived.
And what there is between a man and woman.
And in which darkness it can best be proved.

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