Poetry

Marvin Bell Tribute

By Susan Cohen
I wrote this poem to be included in a tribute volume for Marvin Bell, who died last month at 83. “Dead Woman Poem for Marvin Bell” honors him as an exceptional teacher of poetry and also purloins his invented form—what he called his Dead Man poems. —Susan Cohen
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Poetry

Chloe Martinez: “In Delhi”

By Amanda Moore
The poem is a love song both to my husband and to a city that I find endlessly fascinating and frustrating, and that I miss, especially in this travel-free year. —Chloe Martinez
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Poetry

Naomi Shihab Nye: “Snow”

By Rebecca Foust
Because this poem invites us to read it as metaphor, it was a short leap to consider the poem’s application to our country’s current political crisis, neither side really talking to the other, grievances swamping us like a ‘snowpocalypse.’
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Poetry

Emily Dickinson: Winter Poems

By Rebecca Foust
Another source of solace has been poetry; reading, studying, and writing it has been the heartbeat of my days. With that in mind, this week’s column will present some poetry for you: a selection of winter poems by Emily Dickinson
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Poetry

Myra Viola Wilds: “Thoughts”

By Amanda Moore
“Thoughts” strikes me as a perfect poem to consider around the end of one year or the beginning of another as we take stock of what has come to pass, and make plans and resolutions for the future.
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Marriage & Life Partners

The Covid Marriage

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The enforced togetherness required by social distancing has led couples to spend more time together than usual, a lot of it. And even for those that have strong, solid relationships, it’s been, well, a bit more than they’d like. 
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Emotional Health

Accepting Imperfection by Embracing Flaws

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Flaws are inimical to perfection, of course, and yet when you love someone, it is not in spite of their flaws. You accept and even cherish your loved one’s less perfect features, even though you have trouble extending that same attitude to yourself.
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