Being Bored Can Be Good for You—If You Do It Right. Here’s How

Being Bored Can Be Good for You—If You Do It Right. Here’s How
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The Seas Are Dolphins’ Tears By Djelloul Marbrook.

North of Oxford

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Michael T. Young
The latest collection by poet Djelloul Marbrook, The Seas Are Dolphins’ Tears, follows the arc of a trajectory one can trace back to perhaps his fourth collection, Brash Ice, one following an ever-deepening engagement with the mysteries of spiritual awakening. It is signaled by the opening quote from Ibn al ‘Arabi, a Muslim mystic of the early 13th century. From there we enter a poetry that is spare and startling. No capitalization or punctuation delimits the explorations we set out on. We are instead invited to question everything from grammatical nuance to identity. It is a language that is simultaneously direct and absurd, a kind of magic that reveals truth beyond logic and where paradox jars the senses.
in the heart of such familiarity
i cannot find my way
one must be one’s own light
in cracks between ordinariness
and exquisite punishments
— “lost…

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: if a bug drowns in your coffee, should you still drink it? :

the whirly girl

Heck, you might as well, because ground coffee is already full of bug fragments and I’m not kidding. I wish I was, though.

If you’re wondering how that’s even possible, please, allow me to explain. I did a little research and discovered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes allowances for a certain amount of bugs and bug bits in our food; they’re vaguely labeled as ‘unavoidable defects.’ And they’re not just in coffee, either. Bugs are everywhere and in all kinds of foods — from peanut butter to frozen broccoli. Even chocolate. Surprise, right?

I’d no idea such a policy existed until I fished a gnat out of my morning coffee and faced a prickly conundrum: should I drink it or pour it out? Well, coffee’s pricey; I drank it. Oh, what, you wouldn’t? I took the bug out first, a teeny-weeny thing just a little bigger than…

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Product description

“CHANGELINGS & OMEN BIRDS,” is the complete manuscript of the poetry Claire Clube left for final proof reading and publication. I wish this wise woman had been able to read Nature’s heirogliphs well enough to not to fly the return trip that would prove to be the last for her and her daughter, Bess.

We are fortunate to have this volume, which in earlier drafts had won golden opinions from master poets Frank Bidart, Henri Cole, Amy Gerstler and Jean Valentine. The esteemed vocalist and musician, Anne Heaton, had collaborated with Claire, using the “Dora” poems of this book for the lyrics to her 2014 CD, “DORA.” It was another artistic project Claire would not see come to fruition, but there was joy in the making of it and it is uncanny the way the words and music mirrored the journeys of self discovery for both women.

Claire earned her Master’s Degree in Poetry from the Bennington MFA Program, Bennington, VT in 2008. Poetry was her first love, though she was a Master of Fine Arts, self validated, in photography, dress making, metal sculpture and books as objet d’art, so her artistic life was as well lived as was her personal life.

This book celebrates all the color, shadow and light and love of language that possessed Claire Clube, and it is the creation and testament of a born poet, who lived the life and paid the price too soon. May it be a worthy monument, to be read and treasured.

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Claire Clube


Poems by Clare Clube

Music by Anne Heaton


The boldly vulnerable collaborative album Dora from acclaimed singersongwriter Anne Heaton and lyric poet Claire Clube is a project born of both heartbreak and an enduring love of life.

Track listing & details

Track Listings

  1. Do I Qualify
  2. Selkie
  3. Dora
  4. Tumbleweed
  5. Uni Now
  6. Blue Milk
  7. Room 612
  8. Words of the Night-Time Angels
  9. Finding Mu
  10. Chink of Light

The Child Who… by Maria Keane

North of Oxford

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The Child Who…
I am the child who smells earth after rain,
who watches trails of ants that go nowhere,
who plucks the air just after
the monarch leaves its milkweed.
Who kneels in moist wells
of fern below
a ceiling of leaves
beneath a bruising sky.
Tangled in a thin layer of dust
I watch the falcon glide
above the mottled hologram of earth.
I dig small hollows in the shadow of the oak
that cover the limp green garden snake.
The Child Who…
I am at the velvet edge of exploration.
I listen to beats beneath the earth
separating groves of blood roses.
My garden dance
becomes redundant.
I look beyond a patch of grass with stringy roots.
where uncertainties never pierce the spine.
The sun is winking between the clouds.
I shrug off origami cranes attempting flight.

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A Mystic Journey into a Woman Loving Herself: A Review of Savannah Slone’s Book — Yes, Poetry

Adedayo Agarau is a student and poet hoping to make the world a little
better with his words and photography. He has works up at Barren Magazine,
Geometry and 8poems. He is the author of For Boys Who Went. His manuscript
“Asylum Chapel,” is coming to light for publication and looking for a good
home. Please connect with him on twitter @adedayoagarau and on Instagram
@wallsofibadan, where he documents the beauty and pain of his Nigerian city
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and here is Savannah Sloanes’ webpage: