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2019
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Articles About First Lines

  • First Lines — ‘While tottering …’

    In this month’s poem, villager Janeal Turnbull Ravndal meditates on marriage, aging and the loss of balance, leading to new forms of grace.

  • First Lines — The world of objects

    What do objects want? This month’s poem by Reilly Dixon enters the world of objects.

  • First Lines — Of memory, hiding and identity

    What happens to those who came before us also happens to us. In a poem by villager Maxine Skuba, world history and personal history touch hands.

  • First Lines — The magic of small forms

    This month’s poems come from longtime villager Rubin Battino, who has been writing three-line poems for decades. “We hit it off,” he said of the short form, his own adaptation of haiku.

  • First Lines — The hide and seek of happiness

    “There’s just no accounting for happiness,” begins a poem I love by Jane Kenyon. Happiness in this poem is a gift, a grace.

  • First Lines — The season of firsts

    Spring. We become aware of it not just by the calendar, but more viscerally by signs. By firsts.

  • First Lines — The freedom of poems

    There is enormous freedom in a poem. It is the same freedom found within the human mind.

  • First Lines — In memoriam: Mary Oliver

    Mary Oliver died two weeks ago. I’m not sure I’ve ever cried that much for the loss of someone I didn’t know.

  • First Lines — Two friends, two poems

    For friends and poets Anne Randolph and Mary Donahoe, poetry was a natural part of the women’s bond. This month’s column presents a poem by each: “Mary’s Garden,” by Randolph, and “Carolina Wren,” by Donahoe.

  • First Lines — New moves: a poetry column

    The News is launching a monthly poetry column, “First Lines.” Each month, we’ll publish a poem written by a local poet.