Saturday, July 4, 2020

James Weldon Johnson's Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing

A scense from the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965.
The poem that became the Black National Anthem.

Lift ev'ry voice and sing
'Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list'ning skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on 'til victory is won

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I Am An African! A Poem for Our Times by Nikolai Tjongarero

CAUTION: Do not proceed unless you want to be part of the solution.

Born from the bloodlines of ones I'll never have the time to put into a rhyme or
understand the rhythm of their hearts truest ambitions.

But I'm an African...

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Angels are Real: Remembering Paul Bourassa

A Celebration of Life for Paul Bourassa will be held at Lupita's Restaurant in Barra Friday, January 24,  at 3:00pm.

Happiness is…..
Knowing that life IS eternal
Souls, set free, fly away
And find those they’ve lost

Friday, January 10, 2020

Costalegre Book Fair Q&A with Kathrin Lake

The Happy Hammock is the quintessential Costalegre romp by Kathrin Lake. Kathrin is one of the authors at the Costalegre Book Fair in Melaque on January 27, 2020.

Kathrin Lake will discuss her latest book, The Happy Hammock at the first-ever Costalegre Book Fair on January 27, 2020. We caught up with Kathrin and asked her a few questions about her craft, her passion and her influences. This is what she had to say.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Martha Charmaine Gagnon Spies a Snow Dragon

photo © Mark Butkus 2003
A true believer can see a snow dragon in this picture.

I saw a dragon a few days ago
When I was outside shovelling snow...
His wings were intricate and powdery white
His body an iridescent pale blue light...
He seemed to float rather than fly

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Colleen Juri has A Lesson to Be Learned

photo © Mark Butkus 2013
Navigating childhood is a challenge at the best of times.

Who would have known?
No one could have seen what I was hiding
I sift through every drawer in the house.
No clean underwear to be found.
Mom is sick and I cannot bother her.
I do what I must do, chin up, I go to school.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Table Prayer for the Christmas Season

photo © Mark Butkus 2016
A Christmas get together among friends in Naples, California.

The Christmas season is a time for family and friends to get together. A time for joy, reflection, love and food. Over the years we have shared poems, carols, songs and memories. This Christmas we give thanks at the dinner table.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Library Way: John Milton and Areopagitica

Censorship interferes with the pursuit of truth.

Areopagitica is a polemic on the right to freedom of speech and expression by an impassioned John Milton. It was distributed via pamphlet in 1644, in defiance of pre-publication censorship.