Category:Words

Gardens and Psychedelia

Pat Pattison

I’ve just started my 45th year teaching at Berklee, and, with 50 years in front of classrooms (earlier teaching stints at Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame) someone might ask, “Isn’t that enough? When are you going to…

Five Poems

Lindsey O’Neill

Moving Six months of living together, six empty Corona bottles consoling the counter, he paid me back for my portion of the round cherry dining table. I packed two forks, three glasses five apartments in four days, rode the worn-out…

4 New Poems

Charles Simic, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

Black Cat The hush of a summer morning Bathed in the light of sunrise Drew me to the open window And the astounding beauty Of every flower and tree in my yard, Never did I suspect fraud, Till I happen…

What’s in a Landscape?

Wayne Wild

Since the spring of 2017, I have been developing a Liberal Arts course that I call, “Interior and Exterior Landscapes: Identity and Expression.” I added the “Identity and Expression” at the urging of my students, who thoroughly enjoyed the discoveries…

A Comic’s Relief

Chloe Southern

“Do you have any idea how much weed I smoke with your mom?” The room breaks into laughter. Will basks in his punchline, soaking up the spotlight. He saunters across the stage smiling, his eyes down, as if his next…

Five Poems

Brenda Miller

Stake as in burned at for heresy or misunderstanding— martyrdom or taken in error, mistaken for witch or saint, flames a punishment or cleansing, depending on where you stand. Flint or flesh, kindling or heartwood (the heart is the last…

“Marking Time” and Other Poems

Karen Klein

Marking Time I. Words for wanting contain ‘L’: lonely garrulous old. To make the sound your tongue touches the top of your palette leaving a little space beneath for moisture to pool like the still pools of water in hollow…