Molly Fisk Molly Fisk is the author of the essay collections "Houston, We Have a Possum," "Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace," and "Blow-Drying a Chicken," as well as the poetry collections "The More Difficult Beauty" and "Listening to Winter." She was recently named Poet Laureate of Nevada County, California, and is also Poet Laureate of KVMR in Nevada City, CA and Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT. Her essays have aired weekly as part of the News Hour of KVMR-FM Nevada City since 2005. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She teaches writing and works as a life coach in the Skills for Change tradition. Visit her at mollyfisk.com.
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Molly Fisk: Oregon Creek

By Molly Fisk
A small creek joins the river here and a rope swing hangs over the bank. I sat listening to the sound for a while, and then wrote a poem about it, mentioning God, which is strange, since I'm a lapsed Unitarian and don't believe in God.
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Molly Fisk: Counter-tops

By Molly Fisk
I’m going to remind myself why we’re having the party in the first place: to appreciate all the women who work for a non-profit where I volunteer. It’s about love and gratitude. Two of the very, very few things worth cleaning the counter-tops for.
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Avoiding Capitalism 101

By Molly Fisk
Every now and then, as a person might need to binge on horrible junk food like Twinkies or Velveeta, my mind craves a break from the real world. . .Every now and then, I sit around the house like a sloth and read mail-order catalogs.
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Molly Fisk: That We Are Helpless

By Molly Fisk
How do I talk about fire when it's this bad and there are so many, some with lines holding them back and some uncontained, roaring through neighborhoods and wineries, schoolyards, even Trader Joe's?
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Molly Fisk: Young Men

By Molly Fisk
I have some other young men in my life: a poetry student with whom I drink coffee, a godson, my ex-boyfriend's nephews. It's really fun to talk to them, they're so jazzed about life.
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Molly Fisk: Boomer Childlessness

By Molly Fisk
Now that I'm in my 60s, there's talk about what will happen to Baby Boomers with no families to take care of them at the end of life. This is a bit crazy-making, reinforcing the cultural myth that we should have had children in the first place.
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Molly Fisk: Because August

By Molly Fisk
There's a joke that says in August people all over the midwest lock their car doors, while the rest of the time they don't bother. . . It's not about theft, it's about generosity. The doors are locked so your neighbors don't sneak in and leave you bags of enormous unsightly zucchini.
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Molly Fisk: Naming Your Teeth

By Molly Fisk
A three-year-old I know just explained to his mom that he needed an umbrella because it was hot in the yard and “there isn't a shade structure.” Coffee almost flew out my nose when she told me this, I was laughing so hard.
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