Jane Kenyon: Otherwise

Otherwise by Jane Kenyon, from Otherwise: New and Selected Poems I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the … Continue reading →

The Window Vanishes

Have you ever experienced something that seems mundane, yet simultaneously very mysterious, and has no logical explanation you can think of? In the 1990s I was living in a relatively high-end neighborhood of Minneapolis. We’re not talking Beverly Hills 90210 … Continue reading →

Occasional Prescience

I remember, around 1974 or 75, going to record stores with friends to buy the latest Jethro Tull album or whatever, and telling them, some day, all the music that was ever recorded will be on a computer somewhere, and … Continue reading →

A Bad Joke Walks Into a Bar

As far as I know, most of the following atrocious walks-into-a-bar jokes originated with me, and the rest with my beloved wife, Cyndie. So you can credit us or blame us, as you wish. Prepare to groan. A chicken walks … Continue reading →

I Asked Grace

I asked Grace if it was okay for me to re-post this poem she wrote a dozen years ago, because it’s been one of my favorite poems ever since she posted it in the Bad Poetry topic in an online … Continue reading →