Our Texts in 2021

Breaking [News] – Noor Hindi (Poem)

Forsaken Sea – Sekou Sundiata (Song)

The Death of Fred Clifton – Lucille Clifton (Poem)

My Beshert, or the Curse of the Stolen Potatoes – Joy Cutler (Play Excerpt)

Another Night at Sea Level – Meg Day (Poem)

Storming Toward a Precipice – Simon J. Ortiz (Poem)

Instructions on Not Giving Up – Ada Limón (Poem)

13 Suits: A Mother’s Monologues – Kathleen Duff (Play Excerpt)

The Two Fridas – Frida Kahlo (Painting)

Pedestrian Crossing, Charlottesville – Rita Dove (Poem)

In Trust – Thom Gunn (Poem)

Investigation of Poverty at the Russell Sage Foundation – Alice Neel (Painting)

My Neighbors – Ignacio Iturria (Painting)

Angel From Montgomery – John Prine, Bonnie Raitt (Song)

The Dog Star – Tom Billsborough (Poem)

From “Naked City” – Weegee (Photos)

The Painting After Lunch – Clarence Major (Poem)

Beasts – Amanda Jernigan (Poem)

The Pardon – Richard Wilbur (Poem)

Late Summer After a Panic Attack – Ada Limón (Poem)

Untitled” – Gregory Crewdson (Photos)

A Eulogy – Tania De Rozario (Poem)

Deer Dance Exhibition – Ofelia Zepeda (Poem)

The Buck in the Snow – Edna St Vincent Millay (Poem)

12/7/21 Workshop – A Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Buck in the Snow by Edna St. Vincent Millay
White sky, over the hemlocks bowed with snow,
Saw you not at the beginning of evening the antlered buck and his doe
Standing in the apple-orchard? I saw them. I saw them suddenly go,
Tails up, with long leaps lovely and slow,
Over the stone-wall into the wood of hemlocks bowed with snow.

Now lies he here, his wild blood scalding the snow.

How strange a thing is death, bringing to his knees, bringing to his antlers
The buck in the snow.
How strange a thing,—a mile away by now, it may be,
Under the heavy hemlocks that as the moments pass
Shift their loads a little, letting fall a feather of snow—
Life, looking out attentive from the eyes of the doe.

Reflective writing prompt: “How strange a thing…”