Author: Knot Telling


Take Umbrage or Move Forward?

This poem by Ben Downing appeared in the July/August 2012 print edition of The Atlantic. By means of simple couplets and just four uncomplicated sentences, it communicates a home truth: “[umbrage] makes us less”. Umbrage Taken, given: friendships riven. From shadow or shade, it instantly puts paid to hard-won clarities and causes us...


Death. Change. Life.

It’s a poetry reading kind of day and I turned, as I so often do, to Emily Dickinson. Thumbing through a couple of collections, here is where I stopped (poem 749): All but Death, can be Adjusted— Dynasties repaired— Systems—settled in their Sockets— Citadels—dissolved—    Wastes of Lives—resown with Colors...

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