Monday, June 13, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (June 12, 2022)

I will read you poems from my home, 

I will read you poems from an airbnb, 

and now I read you poems from the car. 

Poems read:

  • Between Walls by William Carlos Williams
  • The Embankment by T.E. Hulme
  • A Fixed Idea by Amy Lowell

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (June 5, 2022)

June has happened. Here we are, and here's the first-of-the-month Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee. (If this is your first time coming, what we do here is drink coffee while I read good poems by other people.) 

Poems read:

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (May 29, 2022)

Welcome back to Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee, a Sunday series in which I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee.

 

Poems read:

  • I, This Body by Ilya Kaminsky (from Deaf Republic)
  • The Owls by Baudelaire (from Selected Poems, translated by Joanna Richardson)
  • Mother-Right by Adrienne Rich (from The Dream of a Common Language)
  • Sabbath Poem ll. from Sabbaths 2015, Section ll. by Wendell Berry (from A Small Porch)
  • Griefs for Dead Soldiers by Ted Hughes (from The Hawk in the Rain)
  • The Gift by Mary Oliver (from House of Light)
  • Three Green Windows by Anne Sexton (from Live or Die)

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (May 22, 2022)

Here's this week's session of Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee, wherein I read good poems by other people while we drink coffee. Enjoy! 

Poems read:

  • The Number of Hives Before We Panic’s Your Matter of Opinion by Ben Cartwright (from The Meanest Things Pick Clean)
  • Three Thoughts After Crossing Nameless Creek by Maggie Smith (from the literary journal Willow Springs 83/Spring 2019)
  • It’s Called the Sea by Ellen Welcker (from Ram Hands)
  • No Cause for Prediction by Tina Mozzelle Braziel (from Known by Salt)
  • Blue Door by Kim Addonizio (from Tell Me)
  • Insulated by Molly Saty (from Put Sparklers on my Grave)

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (May 15, 2022)

Every Sunday, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. 

Thanks for listening. 

Poems read:

  • The Opposites Game by Brendan Constantine (from Best American Poetry 2018)
  • Love Letter from Inside Fatherhood by Fritz Ward (from Poetry, September 2021)
  • The Old Elm Tree by the River by Wendell Berry (from The Peace of Wild Things)
  • I'm a Bad Engineer by Chidozie George Emesowum (from Poetry, March 2022)
  • a note on the body by Danez Smith (from Don't Call Us Dead)

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (May 8, 2022)

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee

Mother's Day Edition


Poem read:
"Mothers" composed by my preschool and kindergarten students

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (May 1, 2022)

Every Sunday, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. 

Thanks for listening.

Poems read:

  • Blood Gang Call by Juan Felipe Herrera (from 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border)
  • To Carolyn’s Father by Kathleen Flenniken (from Plume)
  • Coming Close by Philip Levine (from What Work Is)
  • Poem with a Dead Tree by C.D. Wright (from Shallcross)
  • Sometimes by Ann Tweedy (from literary journal Al-Khemia Poetica)
  • Five Minutes by Dunya Mikhail (from The War Works Hard, translated by Elizabeth Winslow)
  • From a Tin Box by m.l. smoker (from Another Attempt at Rescue)

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A Cozy, Well Located Airbnb in Casey, Illinois

Field east of Fairview Park, Casey, Illinois
where I imagined the circus setting up in Hezada! I Miss You
(Picture by me, 2022)

During my childhood, travelers to or through Casey, Illinois could stay anywhere else or at the old motel by the golf course, lovingly nicknamed "the roach motel" by locals (now defunct). 

Later, in the '90s, The Comfort Inn sprouted up by the I-70 exit, just behind Hardee's (now Subway). 

Recently, with the tourist boom that has followed the appearance of giant-sized objects along the streets and sidewalks of the town, so too has come additional options for staying the night in my hometown. There's a lovely bed & breakfast by the railroad tracks, and now, several Airbnbs. 

This time when I visited my family, I decided to stay in an Airbnb so that we could have room for stretching out our legs and make a family visit double as a vacation.  

And after staying nearly a full week at a little house just off the park, I think everyone travelling to or through Casey, Illinois ought to know about it. 

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Picture of house from Airbnb page:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/49321839?source_impression_id=p3_1650927235_HhaG9HpVh0BbhnHz


Five reasons the little white house by the park in Casey, Illinois was perfect for our visit-cation.
  1. It's across the street from the park so my son could quickly leave the house and start riding his bike, and I could walk or jog with him;
  2. It has two bedrooms, which was perfect for both my son and me to have our own space (the second bedroom has two twin beds);
  3. The loveseat in the living area reclines, which son found to be an amazing invention, and I found to be perfect for a cozy movie viewing (bonus: the space heater in the TV console);
  4. The full kitchen (refrigerator, stove/oven, sink, and cabinets) made for easy food preparation, from breakfast to dinner, which was even more convenient and necessary since we are vegetarian/vegan and, thus, have limited food choices when eating out in this area (NOTE:  Casey no longer has a grocery, so you'll have to stock up on groceries either at the Marshall or Charleston Wal-Mart or the Greenup IGA); 
  5. It served well for coffee visits over the kitchen table with my friend Patti, lunches with my mother, rounds of Yahtzee! and Bunko with my brothers, and a final dinner/visit with several family members and friends. (And the extra writing desk and chair served me very well.)

So, if you plan on visiting Casey for a softball tournament, the Labor Day Popcorn Festival, Casey Homecoming, Candy Canes on Main, or to gawk at giant-sized objects that have perhaps fallen from a giant's castle at the top of a soybean stalk hovering over Casey, this place seems a good bet if you plan on staying a few nights and would like to have a place to call home.

View of park from desk window where I found time to write.


View of local bird and park through window

Local bird living in house gutter,
 providing company outside kitchen window

My child enjoying his Saturday morning cartoons in the
cozy living area

More about the house (with better pictures) at its Airbnb site: 

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P.S. It seems useful to note that I write this because I grew up in Casey, have family in Casey, and building each other up is one part of the community mindset. I'm not getting any kickbacks for saying good things about this place that I just happened to find and book while planning a trip to see my mother, brothers, niece, nephew, and friends. 

P.S.S. I would like you to stay there, though, because I plan on staying here next year.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 24, 2022)

Welcome to the latest session of Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee.

How this works:

1. I read good poems by other people.

2. We all drink coffee (or not).

 

Poems read:

  • Ghosts by Jack Gilbert (from his book The Great Fires)
  • Deliverance by Jericho Brown (from his book The Tradition)
  • The War Works Hard by Dunya Mikhail (from her book The War Works Hard, trans. by Elizabeth Winslow)
  • Between Two Wars by Dunya Mikhail (from her book The War Works Hard, trans. by Elizabeth Winslow)
  • Diehards by Ray McManus (from Poetry, Volume 218, No. 3)
  • Drawl and Hum by Tina Mozelle Braziel (from Poetry, Volune 218, No.3)
  • Poem from Pearl’s House by C.D. Wright (from her book Shallcross)

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 17, 2022)

 Here's today's session of Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee, wherein every Sunday I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee.


Poems read: 
  • Consorting with Angels by Anne Sexton (from Live or Die)
  • Swimming by Polly Buckingham (from The River People)
  • Paen for the Body by Ann Tweedy (from The Body’s Alphabet)
  • She Dreams of Being an Artist by Maya Jewell Zeller (from Rust Fish)
  • Sparrow’s Sleep by m.l. smoker (from Another Attempt at Rescue)
  • Metaphors of Mass Destruction by Brooke Matson (from In Accelerated Silence)
  • After the Hysterectomy by Laura Read (from Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral)
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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 10, 2022)

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee

Every Sunday, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee.

Welcome.

Here's today's session: 

Poems read:

  • The Gift by Mary Oliver
  • Bags of Bones by Dunya Mikhail (translated by Sadek Mohammed)
  • Tablets VI by Dunya Mikhail
  • In Time of War by Carolyn Forchรฉ 

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 3, 2022)

 

Poems read:

  • Giving Thanks by Angela Jackson (2020)
  • The Valiant by Brigit Peegan Kelly (1984)
  • Black Swan by Brigit Peegan Kelly (2004)
  • Along with Youth by Ernest Hemingway 
  • Chicago by Carl Sandburg (1914)
  • Grass by Carl Sandburg (1918)
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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (March 20, 2022)

 

Poems read:

  • Upper Broadway by Adrienne Rich
  • The Jars by George MacKay Brown
  • The Kookaburras by Mary Oliver 
  • We Lived Happily During the War by Ilya Kaminsky
  • XII. by Wendell Berry (from Sabbath Poems 2015)

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (March 13, 2022)

Every Sunday, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Here's the most recent episode.

 

Poems read:

  • In the Box by Linda L. Beeman (from Wallace, Idaho)
  • I-90 by Linda L. Beeman (from Wallace, Idaho)
  • After Another Country by Jericho Brown (from The Tradition)
  • The Water Lilies by Jericho Brown (from The Tradition)
  • Dream by Mathias Svalina (from Poetry, Vol 219, Number 6)

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (March 6, 2022)

Every Sunday, good poems by other people. You bring the coffee.

 

Poems read:

  • 126 by Osip Mandelstam, translated by Clarence Brown and W.S. Merwin
  • Domination of Black by Wallace Stevens
  • The Munich Mannequins by Sylvia Plath 
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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (February 27, 2022)

Every Sunday.

Good poems by other people.

Coffee.

 

Poems read:

  • The Spindle by Hashem Shafeeq, trans. by Sadek Mohammed
  • The Needle by Hashem Shafeeq, trans. by Sadek Mohammed
  • When he exploded by Salam Dawai, trans. by Soheil Najm
  • The Porch Over the River by Wendell Berry
  • As Soldiers March, Alfonso Covers the Boy’s Face by Ilya Kaminsky 
  • Your last day by Laura Kasischke
  • The Arm by Martin Espada
  • Poem in a Trance by c.d. wright 

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (February 20, 2022)

Good Poems.

By other people.

Every Sunday.

Over coffee.

 

Poems read:

  • Wallace, Idaho by Linda L. Beeman
  • The Mission by Linda L. Beeman
  • Manifest by Cynthia Dewi Oka
  • This Online Shopping Habit is Sympathetic Magick by Caroline Crew
  • VIZ by Julia Drescher

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Chair, $75 OBO: New Story over at Moss.

Moss. literary magazine recently published my story Chair, $75 OBO in their new issue (Volume 6), and now they've made the story available to read for free online. 

The story is a modern-day ghost story, or in other words, in the genre of my nightly nightmares.

While the story will appear in my next collection of stories, I do not yet have a publisher for it, so no one knows how long you'll have to wait to read it that way--which is all the more reason to read now.

Read Chair, $75 OBOhttps://mosslit.com/erin-pringle-chair-75-obo



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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (February 13, 2022)

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee is your weekly dose of caffeine and good poems by other people. Drink up!

 

Poems read:

  • January Reprieve by Linda Beeman
  • Landlocked by Stacy Boe Miller
  • Anne by CMarie Fuhrman
  • What Beauty Does by Patricia Spears Jones

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (February 6, 2022)

Good poems by other people.

A weekly poetry reading.

Every Sunday.

Over coffee.

 

Poems read:

  • Time Capsule by Porscha Olayiwola
  • Argument by Daniel Halpern
  • Somewhere in California by Rumsha Sajid
  • Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte
  • Amorous Friendship by Belle Randall
  • New Friend by Sandra McPherson
  • Friends by John Ciardi 

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (January 30, 2022)

 

Poems read:

  • Foraging for Wood on the Mountain by Jack Gilbert
  • In Umbria by Jack Gilbert
  • Obsession by Baudelaire 
  • The Laments of an Icarus by Baudelaire 
  • The Water Lilies by Jericho Brown 
  • Stake by Jericho Brown
  • it won’t be a bullet by Danez Smith
  • last summer of innocence by Danez Smith
  • Sunflowers by James Hoch

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (January 23, 2022)

 

Poems read:

  • The Cracked Bell by Baudelaire
  • Black Coat by Ted Hughes
  • XV. by Wendell Berry (Sabbath poems)
  • Ritual by Jon Pineda
  • Even Though I Love You More Than Anything, That Won’t Stop Them from Killing You by William Evans
  • I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (January 16, 2022)

 

Poems read:

  • The Old Elm Tree by the River by Wendell Berry
  • The Heart of a Woman by Lateef Helmet (translated by Soheil Najm) 
  • Bags of Bones by Dunya Mikhail (translated by Sadek Mohammed) 
  • Personal History by Kareem Tayyar 
  • Dream Journal by Kareem Tayyar 
  • The Lamppost Glows Orange in the Daytime by Hannah Srajer

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    Sunday, January 9, 2022

    Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (January 9, 2022)



    Poems read:

    • About the Bees by Justin Phillip Reed
    • Debris of Life and Mind by Wallace Stevens
    • Cattails by Melissa Kwansy
    • Tradition by Lorine Niedecker
    • Sea-Ports by Baudelaire
    • An As-Though Prayer by Christopher Howell
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    Friday, January 7, 2022

    People Along the Sand by Rachel King: Yes, you should read it

    People Along the Sand by Rachel King
    (cover)
    Last night, I finished the novel People Along the Sand by Rachel King. It’s a quiet, calm, and deep exploration of several people who live in the 1960s in a small, coastal town in Oregon. 

    It’s difficult to say what the novel is about.

    It’s not about The Vietnam War, though that is happening and there are those who turn away from the daily news of it, those who enlist whole-heartedly, and those who try to figure out what they’ll do if they’re drafted. Later, a childhood summer friend will be killed in the war and, as with any sudden and unexpected death, the parents of the living child are faced with how to share the bad news and watch their child grieve.

    It’s not about the Beach Bill that ensures public access to the Oregon beaches, although several characters door-knock in support of it and others worry how it will affect their businesses or homes. An estranged father and adult son are tossed back together because of the issue but the rift between them is too vast to keep them together.  

    It’s not about the changing role of lighthouses, their automation, and the many storm-wrecked deaths that have happened and will now be prevented. But a retired lighthouse keeper’s whole life has been his knowledge and experience, and even after the death of his wife and the estrangement of his son, he still has no idea how to puzzle his personal history with his professional history. But he keeps trying.

    It’s not about the swelling of women’s rights and equality or equal pay for equal work, but several women own businesses in the town and are unique in that. Another woman who has worked full-time as an accountant for her husband’s hotel as part of the marriage begins to want a decision-making role in the hotel, too, and starts to wonder why she both isn’t allowed that and isn’t paid for what is clearly beyond the role of wife and partner. She is starting to shift in her awareness of self and while others want a clear articulation of what that means or how they should act in response to that, she herself is in the midst of it and is trying to articulate and understand it herself.

    It’s not about living beside the tumultuous ocean and under so many gray skies, but everyone gravitates to the ocean and everyone knows each other through the ocean—whether they grew up in the town or married into it. Each of them walk the beaches, know the hiding places of starfish, understand the precision and patience required to find agates, and are bound to each other in the shared but individual experience of coastal life. 

    It’s not about baking or running a bakery but there is a character who runs her own bakery and does all the baking, ordering, and serving. She thrives in each aspect and enjoys the quiet, dark mornings and the care and focus of kneading, creating. And while she lives a life of solitude, it is her steadiness that others seek out.

    The novel is exactly about what great novels are about: the shifting, beautiful lives of people and how our lives press against each other in unexpected, pivotal, quiet, or hardly detectable ways. It is about the pull of grief and the changing lives of mothers and children. It’s about leaving signs that you have lived and the dust left on aspects of the lived parts of our lives. The novel understands nostalgia and reality, broken legs and confused husbands. It understands the confusion of youth and the intimacy of two people talking about music. 

    It’s a very good book. 

    You should probably read it.

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    Sunday, January 2, 2022

    Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (January 2, 2022)

    Cheers to a new year of Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee , a weekly Sunday series in which I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee (or orange juice or hot chocolate, etc.). Here's the first session of 2022.

     

    Poems read:

    • The Decision by Jane Hirshfield
    • Tree by Jane Hirshfield
    • Inventions Toward Pleasure by Cameron McGill
    • 44.6336• N, 86.2345• W by Cameron Read McGill
    • Early March, 2015 by Ann Tweedy
    • Air Time by Ann Tweedy
    • Poem for My Neighbor Whose Good Intentions Are Wolf Pelt by Jacqueline Allen Trimble
    • The Language of Joy by Jacqueline Allen Trimble
    • The Heron by Wendell Berry
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    Saturday, January 1, 2022