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October 28, 2013

The Grand Old Party, Republican

"Do certain people believe things so uncertain they must fight
rather than negotiate,'' muses a puzzled Lawrence Willson.

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October 21, 2013

The Islamic Republic Of Iran

Lawrence Willson asks a profoundly disturbing question.

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October 14, 2013

The Roman Catholic Church

Lawrence Willson meditates upon a church treading troubles waters.

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The Roman Catholic Church

Lawrence Willson meditates upon a church treading troubles waters.

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October 07, 2013

Of Interest

"Every moment is contemplative,'' writes Lawrence Willson. "We are all contemplatives...''

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September 30, 2013

Letting Be

There's hope in Lawrence Willson's fatalistic thoughts.

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September 23, 2013

Letting Go

Lawrence Willson's spare poem offers orofound thoughts.

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September 16, 2013

Letting In

Lawrence Willson imagines imagines Boston smog and an existential creature.

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September 09, 2013


Lawrence Willson's poem muses on the creative wonder of words.

Continue reading "Thou" »

September 02, 2013


Lawrence Willson sometimes thinks that things might have been better had evolution resulted in a different selection.

Continue reading "Apes" »

August 26, 2013

Best Science

"I propose we start fining politicians for lying in public forums,'' declares poet Lawrence Willson.

Continue reading "Best Science" »

August 19, 2013

Global Warming

I for one believe global warming is
not about what I believe
but about what Best Science
keeps telling us all...

Lawrence Willson's poem brings a vital message.

Continue reading "Global Warming" »

August 12, 2013

When Our Sun Stops Shining

Lawrence Willson comtemplates a dark future.

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August 05, 2013

Dying Star

Lawrence Willson coolly contemplates an ending.

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July 29, 2013

Why Monkpoetry

...no thing have own self being
never one thing without every other
all things apposites...

Lawrence Willson writes serious words about the foundations upon which his poetry is built.

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July 22, 2013

The Flicker, Northern

Lawrence Willson describes a bird that is a treat for the focused eye.

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July 15, 2013

The Grackle, Common

Lawrence Willson spotlights a bird described as an incredible mating machine.

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July 08, 2013

The Nuthatch, White-Breasted

Lawrence Willson spotlights an acrobatic bird.

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July 01, 2013

The Chickadee, Carolina

Lawrence Willson considers a bird which is a good communicator with dozens of songs.

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The Chickadee, Carolina

Lawrence Willson considers a bird which is a good communicator with dozens of songs.

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June 24, 2013

The Cardinal, Northern

Lawrence Willson describes the bird that is the color of papal authority.

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June 17, 2013

The Crow, American

Lawrence Willson brings a word-portrait of the crow, a bird never seen alone.

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June 10, 2013

The Jay, Blue

Lawrence Willson considers the jay, bully of corporate bird life.

Continue reading "The Jay, Blue" »

June 03, 2013

The Mockingbird, Northern

...Speaking in tongues not so religious,
makes an excellent cabaret singer,
perhaps a ventriloquist ―
or politician...

Lawrence Willson thinks of new roles for the mockingbird.

Continue reading "The Mockingbird, Northern" »

May 27, 2013

The Wren, House

Lawence Willson considers the wren, a bird which, for its small size, makes a big noise.

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May 20, 2013


Lawrence Willson's brief poem highlights the wonder of nature.

Continue reading "Keukenhof" »

May 13, 2013

Point Of View

Poet Lawrence Willson sees poverty...a wrinkled self.

Continue reading "Point Of View" »

May 06, 2013


...what good are we as people
if we fail to feed and nest
one another...

Lawrence Willson's question goes to the heart of being.

Continue reading "Edges " »

April 29, 2013

Bird-talk, Self-talk

..."I live in an area
with birds galore ― perhaps they’ve
tracked me down to make me pay
for my childhood
indiscretions,'' writes poet Lawrence Willson.

Continue reading "Bird-talk, Self-talk" »

April 22, 2013

Free As A Bird

Lawrence Willson's poem tells of the enormity of taking a life.

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April 15, 2013

Through Bay Window Bare

Lawrence Willson experiences an acute moment of awareness while watching three birds feeding.

Continue reading "Through Bay Window Bare" »

April 08, 2013

Delight Dwells Ordinary

Lawrence Willson is enraptured by Nature.

Continue reading "Delight Dwells Ordinary" »

April 01, 2013

Storm in Perpetuity

...Tasting quiet utter naught—
feeling life, itself, fleeting..

Lawrence Willson's poem tells of new perspectives following a rainstorm.

Continue reading "Storm in Perpetuity" »

March 25, 2013

Pencil, Pupil

Lawrence Willson searches for those hidden word-poems which reveal the world.

Continue reading "Pencil, Pupil" »

March 18, 2013

Out on a Limb

Lawrence Willson's poem concerns thepatience of the poet.

Continue reading "Out on a Limb" »

March 11, 2013

A Saint So Shy

...So she waited shy
with the patience of dry bone
to be reborn as word
on white heron feet...

Lawrence Willson's words concern the tremulous birth of a poem.

Continue reading "A Saint So Shy" »

March 04, 2013

Middle East

Ruby-throated, defensive
they rise and fall in concert
like black symphonic notes

Lawrence Willson watches breakfasting birds.

Continue reading "Middle East" »

February 25, 2013

Odd Logic Of Grief

"Stored up grief comes out in the oddest ways,'' writes Lawrence Willson.

Continue reading "Odd Logic Of Grief" »

February 18, 2013

Wordplay: Grief Recovery

Lawrence Willson's poem records a revealing conversation.

Continue reading "Wordplay: Grief Recovery" »

February 11, 2013

Birds, Cats and How Grief Works

Grief can strike like a bolt of lightning, as Lawrence Willson's poem reveals.

Continue reading "Birds, Cats and How Grief Works" »

February 04, 2013

Awake At The Wheel

In a day of distractions Lawrence Willson wonders how many steps he has taken.

Continue reading "Awake At The Wheel" »

January 28, 2013

The Religions

Lawrence Willson's poem explores the nature of religions.

Continue reading "The Religions" »

January 21, 2013

Numerology For Birds

Lawrence Willson's invigorating poem rejects the idea that math is the divine code of all things holy, or unholy.

Continue reading "Numerology For Birds" »

January 14, 2013

Curious Bird, I

...Slowly but surely the Mocker makes
its way to the steps, whereupon
it starts prancing — not
five feet from my feet...

Lawrence Willson's poem records a curious and unforgettable encounter.

Continue reading "Curious Bird, I" »

January 07, 2013

Clarity In Winter

Great clarity strikes
the push becomes hush
making the load lighter...

Lawrence Willson ruminates while pushing a friend's wheelchair on a winter walk.

Continue reading "Clarity In Winter" »

December 31, 2012

More Oohing and Aahing

Lawrence Willson takes out the traps.

Continue reading "More Oohing and Aahing" »

December 24, 2012

Being There, Not-too-much

Lawrence Willson records an ephemeral winter's day scene.

Continue reading "Being There, Not-too-much" »

December 17, 2012


Lawrence Willson gives a brief welcome to a chilly season.

Continue reading "Ah!" »

December 10, 2012

Be-ing Naught

..I notice our shadows entire
Without flesh, bone or an “I”...

Lawrence Willson reflects on the insubstantial naure of being.

Continue reading "Be-ing Naught" »

December 03, 2012

Monkey Face

Lawrence Willson's poem reminds us of the temporality of existence.

Continue reading "Monkey Face" »

November 26, 2012

Seven Syllables

...Then after I disappear
you might read a fine poem
not to remember me by
but to recall who you are...

Lawrence Willson contemplates what many find themselves unable to think about.

Continue reading "Seven Syllables" »

November 19, 2012

Therapeutic Piffle

As a species, it is no secret, the upright
beast is evolving and evolution is no
straight line of uprightness but an awful spiral...

Lawrence Willson's poem confronts us with the harsh reality of our existance.

Continue reading "Therapeutic Piffle" »

November 12, 2012

Knocking The Socks Off

Lawrence Willson finds joy and laughter in a simple daily act.

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Knocking The Socks Off

Lawrence Willson finds joy and laughter in a simple daily act.

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November 05, 2012

Fearing Uncertainty

Lawrence Willson's poem highlights a sobering truth.

Continue reading "Fearing Uncertainty" »

October 29, 2012


Of all nature's forces wind
proves most intriguing

Lawrence Willson's poem will conjure up pictures and bring back memories.

Continue reading "Wind" »

October 15, 2012

Tripartite Code

Lawrence Willson brings a brief guide to living a fulfilled life.

Continue reading "Tripartite Code" »

October 08, 2012

Health Care In The USA

Lawrence Willson's poem concerns anxious waiting.

Continue reading "Health Care In The USA" »

October 01, 2012

Bird Feeder

Lawrence Willson's brief poem confirms that creatures do not necessarily conform to human plans.

Continue reading "Bird Feeder" »

September 24, 2012


With a minimal use of words Lawrence Willson conjures up a season and a mood.

Continue reading "Leaves" »

September 17, 2012

The Mocker

Lawrence Willson's poem concerns a loss of awareness.

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September 10, 2012

The Midge

In a fraction of a second Lawrence Willson takes a life.

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September 03, 2012

Rite Of The Humdrum

In early morning Lawrence Willson contemplates the existence of self.

Continue reading "Rite Of The Humdrum" »

August 27, 2012

Note On Quantum Physics

Lawrence Willson's poem suggests that no physicist will "undress'' the nature of the universe.

Continue reading "Note On Quantum Physics" »

August 20, 2012

The Moment's Spur: {A,-A}

Lawrence Willson's profound poem emphasises that all things are interlinked and dependent one upon the other.

Continue reading "The Moment's Spur: {A,-A}" »

August 13, 2012

Self Awareness

Lawrence Willson's poem questions the nature of being oneself.

Continue reading "Self Awareness " »

August 06, 2012

Shadow Rowing

Poet Lawrence Willson finds himself empty of self-being.

Continue reading "Shadow Rowing" »

July 30, 2012

Monk-poeming, Hush Howling

"I know no shallow thing and every thing that is be hollow to me,'' writes monk-poet Lawrence Willson.

Continue reading "Monk-poeming, Hush Howling" »

July 23, 2012

Gateless Gate

In Lawrence Willson's hush there is howling.

Continue reading "Gateless Gate" »

July 16, 2012


Lawrence Willson comes alive by embracing every aspect of life.

Continue reading "credo" »

July 09, 2012

dancing qwith sorrow

Poet Lawrence Willson conjures up an unforgettable image.

Continue reading "dancing qwith sorrow" »

July 02, 2012


Lawrence Willson creates a mood in seven words.

Continue reading "Nightfall" »

June 25, 2012


Lawrence Willson embraces the natural order in eleven words.

Continue reading "Mutation" »

June 18, 2012


Lawrence Willson presents an 11-word poem.

Continue reading "Plop!" »

June 11, 2012

The Actual Be Mutual

Poet Lawrence Willson confronts the possibility of saying the unsayable.

Continue reading "The Actual Be Mutual" »

June 04, 2012

What I Am Not, I Am

Lawrence Willson's poem emphases the singularity of human existence.

Continue reading "What I Am Not, I Am" »

May 28, 2012

Emptying the Cup

Lawrence Willson becomes more than himself as he sits, still, hushed...

Continue reading "Emptying the Cup" »

May 21, 2012

That Iconic Wordact, God

Lawrence Willson's profound poem infers that pure "self-interest" is integrally illusory, psychologically delusional, and globally disastrous.

Continue reading "That Iconic Wordact, God" »

May 14, 2012

Meister Eckhart's Unveiling

"There's more to the world than meets the veiled eye,'' writes poet Lawrence Willson.

Continue reading "Meister Eckhart's Unveiling" »

May 07, 2012

Beyond The Veil

Poet Lawrence Willson sees a world in which all things are in apposition.

Continue reading "Beyond The Veil" »

April 30, 2012

The Bee's Knees

Lawrence Willson brings us a poem about inter-dependence.

Continue reading "The Bee's Knees" »

April 23, 2012

Business Schools

Lawrence Willson muses on what is taught in business schools.

Continue reading "Business Schools" »

April 16, 2012

Some Private Equity

Lawrence Willson points an accusing finger at those who are ruthlessly greedy.

Continue reading "Some Private Equity" »

April 09, 2012

Turn Of The Screw

"What kind of man bets against his nation for sefish gain?'' demands Lawrence Willson in this searing poem.

Continue reading "Turn Of The Screw" »

April 02, 2012

Pig In A Poke

Lawrence Willson's timely poem powerfully reminds us that the good life is about more than money.

Continue reading "Pig In A Poke" »

March 26, 2012

The Grand Integral

Lawrence Willson's poem points to the fragility of capitalism.

Continue reading "The Grand Integral" »

March 19, 2012

Raw Bone

Lawrence Willson's poem warns that large corporations cannpt be a law unto themselves.

Continue reading "Raw Bone" »

March 12, 2012


Lawrence Willson's poem reminds us that we humans are the real wealth of this planet.

Continue reading "Commentary" »

March 05, 2012

The Capital Verse

you'll not escape forever
your adverse effect
on others

Lawrence Willson issues a stern warning to the greedy who think they are sheltered by their wealth.

Continue reading "The Capital Verse" »

February 27, 2012

Busy Terrorism

Lawrence Willson's six-line poem contains a message to shake nations.

Continue reading "Busy Terrorism" »

February 20, 2012

Supreme Prostitute

Lawrence Willson condemns corporations which treat people like capital.

Continue reading "Supreme Prostitute" »

February 13, 2012

Busy America

Poet Lawrence Willson casts a cold eye on busy America.

Continue reading "Busy America" »

February 06, 2012

13 Bankers

...Nice work if ye can get it:
everything to gain, nothing to lose (of your own)...

Lawrence Willson writes the poem that demanded to be written about the current crisis in international financial affairs.

Continue reading "13 Bankers" »

January 30, 2012

A Flaw In The Golden Rule

Lawrence Willson's poem turns a spotlight on those whose God is money.

Continue reading "A Flaw In The Golden Rule" »

January 23, 2012


Lawrence Willson's poem emphasises the emptiness of what is taken to be "real''.

Continue reading "Things" »

January 16, 2012

The Wake

Larence Willson's poem emphasises that deeds are all in all.

Continue reading "The Wake" »

January 09, 2012

As She Lay Dying

Every dying be like
joining a black hole―

Lawrence Willson's poem concerns visions and new beginnings.

Continue reading "As She Lay Dying" »

January 02, 2012

The Blinding

Sorrow pure knows no regret, says poet Lawrence Willson.

Continue reading "The Blinding" »

December 26, 2011

Living Now Affirming

Poet Lawrence Willson reflects upon an escape from grief. on the nature of grief.

Continue reading "Living Now Affirming" »

December 19, 2011

Being Away

So I walk the park drafting
things running through me and here's
the main thing, there's nothing there

Poet Lawrence Willson tells of a time of new awareness.

Continue reading "Being Away" »

December 12, 2011

The Auto Mechanic’s Code

Lawrence Willson's poem ruminates upon auto complexities.

Continue reading "The Auto Mechanic’s Code" »

December 05, 2011

The Bishop’s Straight

Lawrence Willson brings another intriguing poem to set your mind a-working.

Continue reading "The Bishop’s Straight" »

November 28, 2011

The Swami’s Windbreaker

Lawrence Willson's poem tells of the gift of a garment.

Continue reading "The Swami’s Windbreaker" »

November 21, 2011


Lawrence Willson's poem tells of the disorganised remains of a fine self.

Continue reading "Zenith" »

November 14, 2011

Freud Never Met My Father

Lawrence Willson's poem will make you smile, then set you to thinking.

Continue reading "Freud Never Met My Father" »

November 07, 2011

Why We Write

Lawrence Willson brings us a short poem which could serve as an explanation for and justification of Open Writing.

Lawrence will be writing regularly for this magazine.

Continue reading "Why We Write" »


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