by KORTArides2018@

A Daily Dose of Poetry

Read the latest from my poetry blog, “A Hundred Falling Veils“, where there’s a poem in every day.

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  • Coming Together May 17, 2022
    Driving over Dallas DivideI thought how not all streamsare destined to come together—at least not for a long, long time.Imagine, two snowflakes landedside by side atop the Divide. Come spring,one might flow west to the San Miguel,the other east to the Uncompaghre.It would be over a hundred milesof flowing through beaver damsand irrigation ditches, rapidsand […]
  • Looking at Van Gogh’s “Wheat Field with Cypresses” May 16, 2022
                while listening to Kayleen Asbo’s “Cypresses” The wind, that knows itself only by whatit touches, does not whip your hairas it churns through the wide golden wheat fields,does not steal your hat as it tossesthe clouds into frothy white and violet whorls,does not slap your face as you stareat the silver-green branches of olive […]
  • One Near-Full Moon Rise May 15, 2022
    no passport—still this feral beautycrosses my border
  • Seascape Near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer May 14, 2022
    inspired by “Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer” by Vincent van Gogh and music by Kayleen Asbo, “Les Bateaux de Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer” Dear Vincent, I wish I could speak of griefas well as you articulate the colors of the sea,naming all the hues as they change in the light—noting the deep ultramarine near the shoreeven as it tends […]
  • Holy in the Moment: A 4-week poetry playshop May 13, 2022
    How do we deepen our relationship with the world? Our survival depends on it. The downfall of human society, said French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, will stem from our disconnect with the world around us. and Albert Einstein noted, “The field is the only reality.” Like the scientists, poets, too, have been exploring this concept for […]
  • La Berceuse May 13, 2022
                inspired by “La Berceuse” by Vincent van Gogh and a song by the same name by Kayleen Asbo, with a line from Paul Gaugin   There is, inside all of us,all of us, all of us,a child who longsto be rocked, and rocked,a soul child who longsfor the old sense of cradling,a soul infant, fragile,so green, […]
  • Catalysis May 12, 2022
    Any chemistry studentcan tell you: a substancethat undergoes transformationmust first be torn apart.I have been torn apart.I have felt the breaking,the rearranging,and now the rebuildingof my bonds. I marvelat the brand new molecules—how they transformfrom despair to openness. Though I look the sameand sound the same,there is no mistakingI am forever changed—but not by sorrow, […]
  • No Way to Anchor May 11, 2022
    While our bodies curlinto each other on the couch,Vivian grabs my resting handand begins to smack itinto my chin.Why are you hitting yourself?she asks as my limp handrepeatedly hits my jaw.Why are you hitting yourself?And we’re laughing andI squirm and squeakand she grins as she keeps upher one-line interrogation. I want to hold this giggling […]
  • Grief and Grace: An online poetry thoughtshop May 10, 2022
    May 18, 6 p.m mountain time, $12. Loss and grief break us open. Perhaps you, too, find yourself leaning into this vulnerable, tender place. In this 45-minute webinar-style poetry thoughtshop, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer will share poems that explore this broken-hearted terrain, poems of sorrow, compassion, love, peace and healing, poems that help us remember our […]
  • A Song in the Dark May 10, 2022
    It’s tiny hexagonal ice crystalsin the earth’s atmospherethat create the bright haloaround the moon.Think of it,so many scraps of borrowed light—so that I shinebecomes the songof somethingwith no glow of its own.Just because its science—refraction and reflection—doesn’t mean it’s not a miracle.Just ask anyone who, for a time,has lost their own lightthen receives it from […]