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BESIDE THE POINT

Written by Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences BESIDE THE POINT The sky has never won a prize. The clouds have no careers. The rainbow doesn’t say  my work, thank goodness. The rock in the creek’s not so productive. The mud on the bank’s not […]

THE POND

Written by Debra Nystrom, Professor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences A little cool, you think, then the iron-scent takes you in, you leave your feet and let it—   early summer chill easing its ripple across your chest as if this water never held a body […]

Epiphany Madrigal

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Epiphany Madrigal for Sydney Hall Blair   What’s a gift if not the heart’s envoi, a cut, a wrap, a species of we’re done here, it’s over, concluded, […]

New Year’s Eve

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   New Year’s Eve   I’m a sucker for a gothic ending: for example, this opal brooch of sky, like milk tinged with blood behind a leaden fret […]

Duet

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   Duet             New Year’s Eve   Two sisters side by side, benched at the gleaming fin of the living room’s out-of-tune baby grand, work out a mash-up, […]

Advent Madrigal

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Advent Madrigal   Is waiting . . . a narrative? Can it be a way to live? This usher moon, globular flashlight, sketches the narrow aisle of night, […]

No Historical Marker

Written by Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   No Historical Marker (Pocosin Mission, Shenandoah National Park) Good Lord, Lord, just what pit have we slipped into? they could have whimpered, cringing in that cabin, little more than lean-to, the Towles sisters, Florence and Marion, […]

Temple Gaudete

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Temple Gaudete Deus homo factus est Natura mirante. Is love the start of a journey back? If so, back where, & make it holy. St. Cerulean Warbler, livid […]

Testimonial

In honor of National Poetry Month, Lifetime Learning is featuring poems written by esteemed faculty all month long. The eighth and final poem in this series is written by Rita Dove, 1993-95 U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06 Virginia Poet Laureate, 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner, and University of Virginia Commonwealth Professor in Creative Writing. In August, 2016, […]

Grooming the Herd in Spring

In honor of National Poetry Month, Lifetime Learning is featuring poems written by esteemed faculty all month long. The seventh poem in this series is written by William (Bill) Prindle, former Citizen Scholar in UVA’s Creative Writing Poetry Program and Charlottesville-Area Poet. Prindle has been published in multiple poetry journals across the country. See below […]