Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Thursday, November 23, 2023

We Gather

Statement about giving thanksBy Annette Pisano-Higley

Just knowing that it has not changed,

In its essence,

One of the few precious things that continues,

Though the Who, What, Where, of it


It remains a time to pause, breathe, remember,

Love, appreciate, thank,

Perhaps touch…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Four New York Poets Featured in ACW’s “Postcard Poems” Broadside Series


postcard poems announcement from ACW

Saranac Lake, NY—The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) has announced four New York State poets selected for “Postcard Poems”: Jackie Braje, Joseph Bruchac, Laura Cordts and Sophie Morelli. Their poems were selected from over 100 submissions from across the state.

Each writer will have their poem featured on a 5×7-inch broadside, complete with custom artwork created by artists living in New York. Both writers and artists will be compensated for their work, and broadsides will be available for sale through ACW with proceeds going to support community programs. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

ACW to host poet Richard Levine for Barkreaders series, Nov. 15

Poet Richard Levine.

Saranac Lake, NY — The next installment of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Barkreaders series will feature poet Richard Levine. Barkreaders provides local writers an opportunity to hear from and meet new authors. Levine is a poet from Seward, NY, and will read from his latest collection, Now in Contest. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. Levine’s reading will be followed by an open mic, which offers attendees a chance to share up to five minutes of their writing in front of an audience. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door; RSVP at

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Poetry: Weaver of Dreams

Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge venusta) in orb style web

Orb-weaver appears, suspended in air,
Like my wisps of thought.
She of the Araneidae clan,
With banded legs like slivers of tortoiseshell, » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Reflecting on resilience

steve hall

Having a friend in your life that encourages you, stands for your honor and profoundly changes you for the better is a priceless gift, a gift bestowed upon my husband and I by a man named Steve Hall.  He is the reason I started writing and he is the reason I wrote this poem.  To the most resilient man we have ever known!

Proverbs 27:17 – As Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another  » Continue Reading.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Poetry: Woods-Speak

Leaves on a forest floor

By Jack Carney

The winds blew fiercely across
the lake for three days without
letup – no weathervane needed
to know they were nor’easters.
The trees lakeside told me,
whipped about, bowing and scraping to the
southwest, oranges and reds stripped away.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Oh, Adirondacks

poetry logo

By Sam Levine

“Biggest park in the contiguous United States.”
Or some other

A park
Public and private.
Call it the “Adirondack Regional Zoning Area”
And be done with it.
“No billboards or sprawl!”
“Lowest population density per square mile east of the Mississippi!”
More advertising.
Proud of?
Humans and non-humans
Life, non-life
All things in a pen
But the holes.
The entries and exits.
The coming-and-going.
Through the “Blue-Line.”
Proud of?
The shoulders of a “shoulder season.”

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Poetry: On the Porch with Lily

Stray cat on a chair

Upon waking at midnight.

I look outside

to see if the little unhoused calico

is sleeping on “her” wicker chair.

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Sunday, October 8, 2023

Poetry: Season of the Witch

Dia de muertos.
Season of the Witch
(Homage to multi-cultural witch tales)

In this Season, Día de los Muertos dawns with dread,

Horse-faced La Siguanaba, crying La Llorona,

Bruja, La Strega, Le Belle Dame Sans Merci,

All of them…will walk again,

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Poem: Day’s End



Relaxing on the porch

with book and drink

is my reward

for persevering

through a myriad of chores.

The sharp, incessant chirp

of a nearby cardinal

makes me think

we both enjoy the rain.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Poetry: Heat Lightning


Heat Lightning:

All day, meteorologists promised extreme storms.
Tonight, the atmosphere is grumbling,
clearing its throat, and posturing,
like a featherweight boxer
trying to seem larger and tougher
than he is.

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Saturday, September 9, 2023

Forever Wild

limekiln lake
Forever Wild
Striking blues and greens and pristine whites,
A moving portrait, stirring all the senses.
Boats briefly add base tones,
While kayaks kiss gentle lake waves silently.
Rhythmic, lapping water, like lullabies, emanate,
Lake sings sonatas. Loons yodel arias.
Whispering trees play muffled snares in accompaniment.
Glacial mountains are the backdrop
Of a moving, breathing, vital landscape,
Where life transforms magically, into living art.
Rustic cabins, family ‘Camps’, and boathouses,
Old and new, planks and logs, red, brown, pine-colored,
Frame the shore like a picturesque needlepoint.
The Adirondack high peaks trap pillowy clouds and welcome hikers
To a sacred place where black bear and deer roam freely.
All the families, the generations, the traditions here,
Weave the wonderment of it, the ‘forever-ness’ of it,
“God’s Country” fulfills its ancient destiny year after year,
It is the Brigadoon of our hearts and dreams,
And by it, we are supremely blessed.
Annette Pisano-Higley’s second book, Kaleidoscope, is now available. It is an eclectic collection of original poetry as inspired by the ever-changing colors and directions of life. Her first book can be bought here.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Poetry: Reading Outside Near the Crab Apple Tree

Crab apple tree

The wind is especially strong today,

its invisible hands shaking the crab apple

like a snow globe.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

The long trail

The long trail rises, dips and onward goes.
My soul, too, has its ups and downs. It knows
what it can’t know: what any day may bring.
And that it’s not in spite of everything –
no, it’s because of all – that we can sum
up circumstance and happening and come
to see ourselves, to see that what we’ve had
and seen and done and been, the good, the bad
and all the many days of in-between –
the days of trials, and those of lustrous sheen –
define us, lend our character its forms.
Life has its share of grim and threatening storms,
at times it leads us through the grime and mud,
or thirsting drought. But then the blessings flood
into our lives. The long trail onward goes.
It twists and turns. It drops us into lows.
Then high we rise. We step and set our pace
each day once more, and maybe find our place.


Sunday, July 9, 2023

A Visit From Becky

Laura Bellinger's late sister, Becky.

My sister passed
from this world,
like a puff of smoke
from one of our
Speculator bonfires.

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