Creative Arts

Wanting Memories- A Tribute to Ysaye Barnwell on Her 75th Birthday

Wanting Memories- A Tribute to Ysaye Barnwell on Her 75th Birthday

"Wanting Memories", a song composed by Ysaye Barnwell, has touched millions around the world with its simple, profound beauty. Raise Your Voice Labs organized and produced this music video of "Wanting Memories" to pay tribute to Ysaye Barnwell on her 75th Birthday,...

The Murmur Massage- Molly Peacock

The Murmur Massage- Molly Peacock

At 5pm almost every day early in the pandemic my husband and I would meet for the Murmur Massage. It took place in bed. But not for sex. We were there for that unguarded talking that usually only happens late at night. Our big bed, almost a square, took up most of the...

Plop!: On Bashō’s Most Famous Haiku- Clark Strand

Plop!: On Bashō’s Most Famous Haiku- Clark Strand

I have a confession to make that may not go down well in official haiku circles, but I can’t hold it in any longer. It has been fifty years since I first read Bashō’s little poem about the frog jumping into the old pond with a plop!—and I still don’t get it. Not that...

Haiku and the Art of Play- Clark Strand

Haiku and the Art of Play- Clark Strand

Every art form has its basics—those fundamental principles, forms, or techniques that must be set in place before you can learn the finer points of the craft. Watch children in any beginning ballet class, and you’ll see them learning the same five positions. Art...

Turning the Pandemic Into Poetry- An Interview with Sapphire

Turning the Pandemic Into Poetry- An Interview with Sapphire

Sapphire is the author of two bestselling novels, Push and The Kid. Push was made into the major motion film Precious, which received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Sapphire’s work has been translated into thirteen languages and has...

Ghosts- A Poem by Sapphire

Ghosts- A Poem by Sapphire

Ghosts There are thirteen windows in this room.I see the tops of trees and sky, my parentsrun thru my mind; my fatherscurrying like a mouse. My mother is sitting. Why have I comehere, and what do their ghostswant with me. I know I’m not writing poetry but trying to...

Written On The Bones- Alison Luterman Interviews Kim Rosen

Written On The Bones- Alison Luterman Interviews Kim Rosen

In the early eighties I was part of a production called Crooked Eclipses: A Theatrical Meditation on Shakespeare’s Sonnets, put on by the Boston Theatre Group. We didn’t just recite the sonnets; we learned dozens of them by heart and moved, sang, wept, and wrestled...

Say This Isn’t The End: A Poem for Sunday – Richard Blanco

Say This Isn’t The End: A Poem for Sunday – Richard Blanco

... say we live on, say we’ll forget the masks that kept us from dying from the invisible, but say we won’t ever forget the invisible masks we realized we had been wearing most our lives, disguising ourselves from each other. Say we won’t veil ourselves again, that...

Keeping a Nature Journal – Mary Reynolds Thompson

Keeping a Nature Journal – Mary Reynolds Thompson

During the coronavirus, our daily forays into the natural world have kept us sane, and we’ve been extremely grateful for access to a park, a hiking trail, a meadow or a garden. As our world shifts, we keep returning to the landscape for a sense of solace and of...

Of Meaning and Mystery: The Language of the Unknown – by Kim Rosen

Of Meaning and Mystery: The Language of the Unknown – by Kim Rosen

You are not here to verify,Instruct yourself, or inform curiosityOr carry report. You are here to kneelWhere prayer has been valid. ~T.S. Eliot, from “Little Gidding” There is a tsunami of visionary poems and blogs showing up in my inbox these days. Many brilliant...

My Birthday Poem – by Nancy Slonim Aronie

My Birthday Poem – by Nancy Slonim Aronie

The Cardinals came to breakfast On the morning I was born almost 80 years to get here bet they’ve been here all along but I would not have noticed their arrival or the Dawn since I was checking off the boxes on my Amazon order form cashmere socks, used books for A...