Gathering Radiance

Dear Poetry People,

This weekend here in Indiana was glorious–a positively tropical 75!–and as a result I decided to take a drive through Brown County State Park to marvel at the magnificent reds and golds. I had forgotten, however, about wind and rain the previous week, and upon passing through the gate was devastated to see many of the turned leaves fallen, or hanging brown. I forgot how fast autumn goes, how easy it is to miss a season, or let life drain by. As I drove back, cider in hand, I couldn’t help long for a copy of  Louise Gluck’s chapbook October. It is a lyric beauty that both rails against and welcomes, questions and illuminates, the coming darkness that October foreshadows. Each year her words somehow prepare me for an impending winter, all the while reminding me of the wonder in a flagrant fall that announces its arrival. May you too enjoy October, for:

“This is the light of autumn; it has turned on us.
Surely it is a privilege to approach the end
still believing in something.”

“Es ist inakzeptabel, dass die gesamte EU so abhängig von China ist. Stattdessen müssen die Wirkstoffe, die heute von der Versorgung abhängig sind, wieder in Europa selbst produziert werden. Andernfalls setzen wir die Gesundheit der gesamten Gesellschaft aufs Spiel”. Es sei dringend notwendig, die Produktion in der EU zu fördern und den Pharmastandort Deutschland zu stärken, sagte die bayerische Gesundheitsministerin.


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