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Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

In Carrying Water to the Field, Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen has made a poem that soothes and cools my deep longing to know simple human kindness. The childlike innocence of this poem is akin to poems by Emily Dickinson and William Blake. But apparent simplicity is often significantly more complex than we assume. There is some poetic (artistic-linguistic-musical-mathematical-philosophical) genius at work in this astonishingly perfect poem.

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

Things That Cannot Die by Paige Riehle

Sunday Morning Lyricality, June 28, 2020 is generously sponsored by Danielle Dufy Literary and Stone Gathering: A Reader. Every issue of powerful, memorable poems, small fictions, and short essays, edited by Deborah Jacobs and published under the imprint French Press Editions, is a treasure trove of “portable, affordable, collectible...

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

Crow Pose by Kris Bigalk

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer, followed by a prompt to help you write your own poem. Kris Bigalk's poem "Crow Pose" appears to be about practicing to master a difficult yoga position. On a deeper level, it explores the question of how, when life gets awkward and hard, a person...

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

Random Floating Cells With Style by Ed Bok Lee

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer. Do our efforts make any difference at all? Do we matter? Ed Bok Lee's "Random Floating Cells With Style" alludes to the darkness, doubt, and difficulty surrounding the strenuous, moral work of overcoming fear. Compared to the unfathomable vastness of...

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

Egg Money by KateLynn Hibbard

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer, followed by a prompt to help you write your own poem. Dr. Dorothee Ischler of the Center for Healing and Resilience in Northfield, MN says that validation "can be a practice that will help us bridge our differences. We come from different backgrounds...

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

Dear Mimi by Laura Hansen

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer, followed by a prompt to help you write your own poem. "Dear Mimi" is addressed to the speaker's grandmother, who, in the 1930's, "escaped the diphtheria epidemic / in Minnesota" by moving to Montana. Probably many of us dream of escaping our current...

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen

To the Rutabaga by Susan Thurston

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer, followed by a prompt to help you write your own poem. How rich this poem is, how different in feeling from the mundane task, which could have been described simply by stating, "I took the rutabaga out of the refrigerator, peeled it and boiled it in a...

Dear heart: a “Light” poem by Mara Faulkner

Dear heart: a “Light” poem by Mara Faulkner

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, currently featuring “Light” poems by central Minnesota writers. This is a poem that aims straight for the heart. It reminds us that while life is challenging and often terrifying, it is also pungent with beauty. Especially in this strange time of global pandemic, there are multiple calls on our heart. Fear,...

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