Poem of the Week: 31 October – 6 November

Lemon balm is for forgiveness.Pull up from the root, steepin boiling water. Add locusts’ wings,salt, the dried bones of hummingbirds.Drink when you feel ready.Drink even if you do not. Pepper seeds are for courage.Sprinkle them on your tongue.Sprinkle in the doorway and alongthe windowsill. Mix pepper and waterto a thick paste. Spackle the cracksin theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: 31 October – 6 November”

Poem of the Week: 2 – 8 February

Questions from A Worker Who Reads by Bertolt Brecht Who built Thebes of the seven gates? In the books you will find the name of kings. Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock? And Babylon, many times demolished. Who raised it up so many times? In what houses Of gold-glittering Lima did the buildersContinue reading “Poem of the Week: 2 – 8 February”

Poem of the Week: 26 January – 1 February

Sonnet 87 by William Shakespeare Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing, And like enough thou know’st thy estimate. The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing: My bonds in thee are all determinate. For how do I hold thee but by thy granting, And for that riches where is my deserving? The causeContinue reading “Poem of the Week: 26 January – 1 February”