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Old Rooming House


Spring Snow (In the Next Galaxy, Copper Canyon Press, 2002)

Rain of remembering;
late snow turning to rain.
Then in the cold house,
alone in bed,
the soft stutter on the roof,
random phrases; your voice,
only your voice. How can
it be that voice that touched
me everywhere?
And what you said,
if only I could hear it again
in its intensity.
Essence distilled
in the moment of waking,
the delicate mold and odors
of the breaking apart of winter,
in the soft snow that comes
between the past and the chill
distillation, the whisper of air
split between the perfume
of melting crystals; the clasp
and letting go.


“Yes–the springtimes needed you. 

Often a star was waiting for you to notice it.

A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past,

or as you walked under an open window,

a violin yielded itself to your hearing.

All this was mission.

But could you accomplish it?

Weren’t you always distracted by expectation,

as if every event announced a beloved?” 

from Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke,

translated by Stephen Mitchell

Playground in Elnora, Indiana-001





The delightful photo used above is by:  D. Sharon Pruitt


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What a treat it was to appear on Accents – A Radio Show for Literature, Art, and Culture yesterday, in Lexington, Kentucky.  Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the host and producer of the show.  Tune in to Accents every Friday @ 2 pm EST on WRFL 88.1 FM Lexington or stream live from 

More about Accents – A Radio Show for Literature, Art, and Culture:

Mission:  To promote the arts – local, national and international alike.
Company Overview, in the words of the host and producer: 
At different weeks during this hour we will read poetry, fiction and non-fiction, we will learn about new books, cultural organizations, calls for submissions from magazines. We will hear radio plays and news about upcoming events. We will interview local and international guest both in the studio and over the phone. In addition, every week we will announce a writing prompt. This will be a said topic on which the listeners are invited to write something – a poem, an essay, a short story, an opinion and send it to me over email. The next show will begin by reading a few of these submissions. UK students and listeners living in Lexington may be invited to read their own work on the air.
About the host of Accents:
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the author of the bilingual poetry book, The Air around the Butterfly (Fakel Express, 2009), and the English language chapbook, The Most (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her poems have been published in the US and Europe, including The Louisville Review, Margie, Adirondack Review and others. Katerina is the founder and leader of poetry and prose groups in Lexington, Kentucky. She serves as Deputy Editor in Chief of the English language edition of the online magazine Public Republic. In January of 2010, Katerina launched  Accents Publishing – an independent press for brilliant voices.

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Highway 69 Sunset

“Highway” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

A despondent highway is stretched,

its eyes set on the far horizon

On the cold dirt of its bosom,

its grayish beauty spread

As if some saddened woman

in her lonely abode, lost in thought.

In contemplation of union with her Beloved

every pore sore, limbs limp with exhaustion.

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was chosen as
the name for
this blog
because when
I remember
to keep my
heart light as
a feather,
life is much



Jimmy Margulies
The Record
Jan 7, 2011
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