Tag Archive: The Poetry Foundation


Old song, old poem: new solace

Hosta © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Hey all. Can July speed by any faster? Here’s what I got for you. Check out Kathleen Kirk’s review of Dave Bonta’s book of poems called Ice Mountain on Escape Into Life. I bet you’ll want to read more of Dave Bonta’s work and the archive of Escape into Life. As you know, Kathleen Kirk …

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February 1: new month, new start

Contrasts © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Hello out there! I’ve had a heck of a time trying to think of what to post. I’ve been down in the dumps and looking for solace, and it’s hard to come by these days. But it’s February 1, and I hope to start fresh, with a new resolve. Today marks the birthday of one …

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Glimpse of solace: The Rose

The Rose © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

This weekend I spent some time photographing flowers I purchased almost two weeks ago. The old roses captured my attention; they drew me in more than blooms in their prime. The petals were almost like skin. Today a FB post led me to “The Rose” a poem by Jean Valentine (from the book Little Boat, …

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Meeting Philip Levine and getting to know two fine & dedicated poets

Shaking hands with Philip Levine

Well, after the crowds and action of AWP, I am back in my basement office, only now I have new friends and new books to read and discover. But I’ll save that list of new friends and new books for a later blog, and tell you today about the top highlights of the conference. One …

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