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Seamus Heaney and Louise Glück

Seamus Heaney and Louise Glück

Just today I awoke to the news that Louise Glück had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. “Wonderful,” I thought. As I was already planning for this month’s offering to share some lines of translation from Seamus Heaney, who received the...

Doorways: Thich Naht Nan, Mary Oliver

Doorways: Thich Naht Nan, Mary Oliver

These days, I am more mindful of dichotomies I have drawn and leveled falsely over time. Often they seem to reside in dismissive (and unnecessary) judgments about situations and people, rationalized by fact-lite narratives I construct for them. They...

Dunbar, Giovanni, Jess

Dunbar, Giovanni, Jess

For some time, since coming to Yellow Springs, I’ve been thinking about Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was from nearby Dayton. There was a Dunbar high school in my hometown of Baltimore, as there are in many if not most major cities across the country....

Sounding Two Poems by Ross Gay

Sounding Two Poems by Ross Gay

(This is an entry I started thinking about six months ago. I put it aside for various reasons, not all of which were clear to me then, and some of which only showed themselves long since.) Some things disappear for a while, or they seem to. Thoughts...

Being the Shortest Day

Being the Shortest Day

At year’s end, I experience a heightened awareness of time and light and their interplay. The low-slung sun moves over the edge of the backyard fence; it beams through an otherwise innocuous container on the windowsill, casting a light shadow of...

Snow on Water

Snow on Water

Late last month I was very touched to be part of the life celebration for Antioch College alumna and long time faculty member and fellow student of Japanese culture, Karen Shirley ’61. This Lines of Thinking is dedicated to Karen in gratitude for...