Category Archives: Arlington Poet Laureate

Red Letter Poem #6

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. The ties that bind.  As we all know, there’s a bit of the double-edged blade contained in the phrase – and Jean Flanagan has spent much of her writing life exploring the … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #5

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. To Seamus Heaney’s way of thinking, poetry was about providing that “extra voltage in the language, the intensity, the self-consciousness” that raises thought to another level.  Often, we experience that intensity through … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #4

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. Let’s admit it: some mornings, the walls of our own homes seem to be closing in and it’s hard to draw a deep breath. We feel the urge to take a … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #3

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. What I find most remarkable in Susan Donnelly’s poems is how rarely the situations she portrays seem so. She writes about the ordinary days every one of us inhabits; but somehow, … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #2

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. Back in the ’60’s, as a young poet learning his craft, I was drawn to visionaries with a flare for seeing beyond: Hart Crane whose “Stars scribble on our eyes…”; and … Continue reading

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The Red Letter Poems Project

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. When I was first appointed as Poet Laureate for Arlington, one of my goals was to help bring the strength and delight of poetry into unexpected settings.  The Red Letter Poems … Continue reading

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