Poetic Matrix Press 20th Anniversary

January 17th, 2017 by admin

In times like these, art has the power to make us feel less alone Christina Patterson - The Guardian - Saturday, November 26, 2016 “As a citizen of the world in 2016,” says DiDonato (American opera singer Joyce DiDonato) in the introduction to (her) concert programme, “at times I feel overwhelmed by...
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Echu

November 13th, 2015 by admin

Seen by the eye of faith the cherry blossoms are always about to fall. It is a rare privilege to be born as a human being, as we happen to be. If we do not achieve enlightenment in this life, when do we expect to achieve it? —Echu...
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Francis of Assisi

October 5th, 2015 by admin

"He who works with his hands is a laborer He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman He who works with his hands his head and his heart is an artist."  ...
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Poetry from Katrina by Lyn Lifshin

August 27th, 2015 by admin

  Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary AS ONE MAN SAT IN AN EVACUATION CENTER IN BATON ROUGE he could not stop watching the images of hurt and crying children on TV. Known as Grandpa Grady the elderly man in his River Ridge neighborhood was sickened by the images, was saying “ya’ll get those...
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Hart Crane

August 9th, 2015 by admin

"One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment." -Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)...
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Ariel Gore

July 1st, 2015 by admin

“That kind of thinking [that writers must alleviate their guilt for leading a creative life] is based on the idea that the creative life is somehow self-indulgent. Artists and writers have to understand and live the truth that what we are doing is nourishing the world. William Carlos Williams said, "It...
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James Downs

May 30th, 2015 by admin

137 bullets (a lament) . . shots rang out…rang out…rang out they have them cornered and shots started ringing out…it was as if 13 fingers resting against 13 triggers couldn’t hold back any more and so shots rang out…rang out…rang out . no one even knew if they were alive or dead inside . . James Downs...
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Walt Whitman

May 30th, 2015 by admin

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to...
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Mary Shelley

April 2nd, 2015 by admin

"It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things, or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the...
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Tom Petty

February 8th, 2015 by admin

Tom Petty NPR interview with Melissa Block 8/14/14: "Yeah, you kind of spend the whole day gearing up for it, and the night getting over it. You just want to be as wonderful as everyone thinks you are, and you know you're not. So something takes place where you reach down and pull from so deep inside...
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