Friday, March 20, 2009

Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O'Neill is an English professor at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Michigan. He read from his newest book Deciduous March 19, 2009 at Nora's Red Carpet Lounge in Hurley, Wisconsin.

He also read from unpublished works.

Patrick O'Neil at Nora's Red Carpet Lounge

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

American Life in Poetry: Column 208

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American Life in Poetry: Column 208


To have a helpful companion as you travel through life is a marvelous gift. This poem by Gerald Fleming, a long-time teacher in the San Francisco public schools, celebrates just such a relationship.

Long Marriage

You're worried, so you wake her
& you talk into the dark:
Do you think I have cancer, you
say, or Were there worms
in that meat, or Do you think
our son is OK, and it's
wonderful, really--almost
ceremonial as you feel
the vessel of your worry pass
miraculously from you to her--
Gee, the rain sounds so beautiful,
you say--I'm going back to sleep.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ojibewegan:A Community Writing Group

Ojibewegan:A Community Writing Group

-share family stories and personal journeys

-craft a written record through poetry

-experience the works of contemporary Ojibwe poets

When: Tuedays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. beginning April 14-May 5

Where: Bad River Elderly Nutrition Center

Who: All community members, family and friends are invited

Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

The writing group is FREE
and funded by the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award

Group facilitator is Jan Chronister, English instructor at LCOOCC Bad River Outreach Site.Please direct questions to Sandy Corbine at the Bad River Elderly Nutrition Center, (715) 682-7150 or Jan at