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Today's poem is "Against Prognostication" by Jeffrey Thomson. He is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and the author of multiple books including: Half/Life: New and Selected Poems from Alice James Books (October 2019). He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.
Today’s poem is “Flat Stones” by Jefferson Navicky. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Southeastern Ohio. He is the author of the poetic novel, The Book of Transparencies , and the story collection, The Paper Coast . Jefferson is the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection and teaches English at Southern Maine Community College. He lives in Freeport.
Grief Arrives in its Own Time
Today’s poem is “Grief Arrives in its Own Time”, which I wrote following the death of my brother Howard on September 11, 2001. Today is the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, which changed my family and our country. His death, and the shock of his death, brought such deep grief to our family. The clear blue skies of early September are a marker for me every year. I came to realize that grief has its own way of guiding us through our mourning. We can’t anticipate its
Today’s poem is “Mary’s Garden” by Margaret Haberman, who has lived in Maine since 1986. She spent over 20 years in Bethel now lives in the outer reaches of Hope. She works professionally as a sign language interpreter and writes poetry in the places in between.
One Night the Wind Got Wild, Then Wilder, And
Today’s poem is “One Night the Wind Got Wild, Then Wilder And,” by Betsy Sholl, who was Maine’s third poet laureate. She has published nine books of poetry, most recently House of Sparrows, New & Selected Poems (University of Wisconsin Press 2019). She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
Asleep on the Farm, a Puzzle in 500 Pieces
Today’s poem is “Asleep on the Farm, a Puzzle in 500 Pieces” by Richard D’Abate, who grew up in New York City and moved to Maine in 1971. He lives in Wells and was the director of the Maine Historical Society. Richard is the author of a book of poems To Keep the House from Falling In (Ithaca House Press) and his poems recently appeared in Agni Magazine.