Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Spaghetti and Pancakes

What food are you loyal to? A strange question, yes. One posed by a poet. Award-winning poet Gerald Stern writes an ode to spaghetti in today’s selection from “Poems in Your Pocket”… Spaghetti by Gerald Stern Not infrequently destroyed as bits of paper of no value by the women in my family, namely Ida, Libby, and the maid Thelma, my drawings were gone by the tine I was eleven and …

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December 28, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Small Treasures

Small treasures enchant us. They can tickle the fancy; delight the eyes; inspire awe, even. Most admirably, they can be tucked away. My sister’s Christmas gifts reminded me. My gift to you this week is an assortment of small wonders – one each day – from the “Poem in Your Pocket” collection, introduced by former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan… You Cannot Put a Fire …

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December 20, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

A Winter Bird

I fly through the house on my knee scooter! I perch on my cane. I sometimes miss the sofa life, which strangely brought with it a peaceable acceptance of my condition, along with whatever was brought on a tray. I surrendered to the hum and flow of the small world around me – or to the quietness. Now, I begin to return to myself. To …

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December 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

For my Aunt Marie

For my Aunt Marie Green leaves cradle the fallen and finished – spent, diminished – (Nature cradles broken things) Lantana yellow small and white bloom wild, unburdened – fierce, unplanted – (Sown by Nature’s careful hand) Unplanned her hard shell cracks wide open and she sings (Nature cradles broken things) *     *     *   *     *     * Dear …

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November 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Special: Cut Flowers

Do you ever let flowers die in the vase for the poignant beauty – and gorgeous horror – of their fade? Living the sofa life, I imagine myself in a 19th century novel… a woman who has taken to her bed, gazing at her flowers… (since I can’t keep fresh water in the vases or cull the spent blooms right now, darn!) Today I’d love to share some photos …

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November 15, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning: 3 Poems

I hope you’ll find beauty and solace in these wildly different poems, as I have. They are each, in their way, about patience. But first, a tiny joke! My sweet friend sends me one each day as I’m living the sofa life. The past, present, and future walk into a bar… It was tense. 😄 Patience Taught by Nature by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) “O …

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November 12, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon On The Sofa…

When God, the universe, and a small puppy knock you off your feet so completely that you break both ankles, it feels kind-of personal. In an Old Testament kind of way.  An invisible match still burns the toes on my left foot. Super grateful it’s not a blow torch any more! I’m motivated to learn what I should. I’ve been thinking about habits of mind, …

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November 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning with Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver has a new book of poetry out – “How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)”. It is marvelous. Her poems are readable, easy on the ears, honest; they cut to the heart of things. They sometimes feel like hard-won wisdom; they are never smug or self-satisfied. Her poems sound like poems written by a novelist. Words are workaday things that might take you …

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