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Preview: Baked Beans and Grünkohl: The Boston-Hannover Channel

Baked Beans and Grünkohl: The Boston-Hannover Channel

Published: 2017-10-12T14:07:00+00:00




Omen Walking through the woods in search of solace in need of comfort –  too many friends are stricken the threats of age loom large there is no cure you lose all muscle movement and yet your mind stays clear to suffer through in full awareness or else your brain surrenders erases more and

Meditation at Year’s End


Meditation at Year’s End (with a nod to William Butler Yeats) Poling along an uneven path and grateful for my walking sticks,  a bit off-balance, out of breath, I ponder what to write; what message can I send on this year’s greeting card? Against a pallid heaven the leafless branches etch a dark



We are honored to publish this poem by Dorian Brooks. It has just been awarded first prize in the 2016 Arlington (Massachusetts) Poetry Contest by well-known poet Susan Donnelly. Dorian has published the poetry volumes A Pause in the Light and The Wren's Cry.   Milkweed   “Do you love your



Eilenriede (our woodsy park in Hannover) The green today is dark and solid; its massive walls surround my path block out the light and mute contrasting colors. On either side I barely see a tree trunk standing out, no branches marking patterns behind a screen of leaves. I raise my eyes and hope



THE EVENING NEWS!!! A RANT As a rule we like to watch the PBS Evening News. We have come to rely on Judy Woodruff’s perfectly pitched tone and narrative of the day's events, whether tragic, worrisome or – occasionally – cheering. And the informative, sensitively delivered reports and interviews of

Tending the Fire


Tending the Fire        (German translation below) I must be in a bad way. Arranging the logs on the hearth I sense an obscure stirring, the shadow of a feeling. With warming care I prod and coax the brittle nobby shapes until they fall and lie against each other with perfect fit and closure

Milder Abend


Milder Abend Im Radio schwelgt eine Frauenstimme: Monteverdi. Von draußen höre ich den Frühlingsvogel: Regen kommt. Es singt und singt und hört nicht auf: pulchra est amica mea.   (April 29, 1986)

A Walk in the Park


A Walk in the Park A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. “How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain,” by

Long Distance Relationship


Long Distance Relationship (Deutsche Übersetzung unten) A first red maple leaf stands out upon gray pavement: a certain sign that fall is coming. Back then, I would have tucked it in my letter to you, beside the lines of fierce and tender longing. You would receive it in a week and then



Caroline A poem for Caroline Rand Herron (1941 - 2016), by Dorian Brooks. This sonnet was written soon after Caroline’s unexpected death from pneumonia, by Dorian Brooks, poet and activist for women’s and American Indian rights, and a Radcliffe College classmate of Caroline’s and mine. Caroline