Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 8, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Duty

Would it be wrong to share a non-holiday themed poem this morning, one that’s kind-of sad and kind-of beautiful? I can’t seem to find my way into a book this month, but I’ve always got time for a poem on the fly. I keep “The Best American Poetry 2019” laying around the house. It travels here and there. I often forget where I’ve left it, …

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November 28, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: The Testaments

I hope you find yourself in the company of people you like today, even if they sometimes make you crazy; I hope you find yourself at a bountiful table! I hope you enjoy a delicious Pinot Noir with your turkey – or sweet tea, if that’s your pleasure. I hope the marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole are perfectly puffed and browned. I hope the …

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November 24, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and the Coyote: What November Brings

A cold grey morning in November dawned with a steady rain – the earth already wet – the rain coming down as if it would never end. Had there ever been a more miserable morning for man or beast? Yes, of course – but this one was pretty bad.  The sky barely brightened, I lit a candle and put water in the teakettle. Pep had …

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October 1, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

October Special: The Trees

The grass in my yard crunches underfoot, yellow as straw in some places. Pepper rouses small tornadoes of dust as she chases the squirrels. Yet the trees remain mostly green heading into October – a dry green, a stubborn green – full of vitality even though some few leaves brown early and fall in the heat. Today’s poem by Mary Oliver says exactly what I …

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