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An Ode to the Scuffle Hoe

An Ode to the Scuffle Hoe What weapon this? In tool section A I’d not known to miss Your smoothly slicing foray Through the barely there weeds Conspiring today for the weeks coming hence O! Not so! - those ignoble plants! Your sharp ring with ease Hardly turning the soil, so graceful your dance And […]

Posted: July 5 2018
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speaking your truth: in honor of every human being marching in the women's march tomorrow

Audre Lorde for the win!

Posted: January 20 2017
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poem for the dark holy days of winter

To Know the Dark  By Wendell Berry To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings. Merry Holidays, y'all! Happy Solstice and New Year!

Posted: December 25 2016
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a poem to get rid of fear

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAYCf2Gdycc] Because some weeks, and I think this is one of them, poetry is the thing that will carry us up.

Posted: June 14 2016
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acequia poem

Anyone who has farmed in New Mexico can tell you any myriad of stories about the acequia  culture that exists there. Acequias community-managed irrigation ditches that, when stopped up, flood fields along their length. This practice is centuries old and integral to the traditional ways of farming in the high desert of the region, and it closely dictates […]

Posted: May 10 2016
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stupendous! soil poetry


Posted: February 12 2013
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a poem to start off your week

greenhorn Katy Giombolini sent us this letter and a beautiful poem that she wrote!  Thanks Katy, good luck in the fields this summer. I was taking a poetry class this past semester and one of the prompts was to write a poem copying another poet. I chose Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" because in highschool I […]

Posted: May 10 2010
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the poetry of don: free speaking verse

The Unknown As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know We don't know. —Feb. 12, 2002, Department […]

Posted: June 12 2008