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Ecstasy by Charles Wm. Preble

Ecstasy by Charles Wm. Preble

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer. This poem questions what is required for happiness. Charles Wm. Preble came to poetry late in life. First, he served until his retirement as an Episcopal priest. Then he took up woodworking. And finally, poetry found him, as did a surprisingly large group...

Ecstasy by Charles Wm. Preble

A Few Words About Gun Violence: View Of The Earth Through the Dscovr Telescope by Bill Meissner

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer. In poetry we find a curious affiliation between words and the empty-white space (silence) surrounding words. Both words and silence have power to touch our hearts, enlighten, and transform us, as well as oppositional power to wound, devastate, and...

Ecstasy by Charles Wm. Preble

The Return Stroke by Mike Finley

“The Return Stroke” by Mike Finely appears to be confronting us with the uncomfortable reality that our puny brains are far from perfect and easily tricked. We humans are vulnerable, gullible, and delusional, and our planet is only one of at least 10 trillion planetary systems in the known universe. And yet, the poet reminds us, inexplicably, we matter.

Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night: the dizzying balance of sacred encounter

Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night: the dizzying balance of sacred encounter

In his “Author Statement, Ed Bok Lee writes, “If, as Czeslaw Milosz wrote, ‘language is the only homeland,’ then poetry is the oldest, most beautiful, most generous and ‘real’ house of worship on our collective earth that I know. Every time I look into my daughter’s eyes to see the future, I’m reminded of this, and that the forces forever writing and revising every single biological cell in our bodies—in sometimes harmonious, sometimes conflicting, sometimes revolutionary ways—feels exactly like poetry.

Bodega: poems by Su Hwang selected for “Read Poetry Central Minnesota 2020”

Su Hwang’s Bodega: 7 hints for embarking on the risky adventure of getting into poetry

Bodega is one of five finalist books chosen by Paige Riehl for Lyricality’s “Read Poetry Central Minnesota 2020” program. Lyricality aims to introduce Minnesota poets to new audiences, and to encourage book groups to consider poetry collections as a way to facilitate lively, meaningful discussions. People who read Bodega might gain insight to foster compassion around some of today’s most politically divisive topics.

Ecstasy by Charles Wm. Preble

Night Shining by Katherine Wallin

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer. Where do poems come from? Katherine Wallin (pronounced wall-EEN) suggests that poets often begin with paradox, confusion, or questions. While poems don't provide answers--they are not little how-to manuals for living--we might turn to poetry to catch...

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