Mount Diablo poems

MIMULUS SPRING

Where Bald Ridge trail ends in Prospectors Gap
water seeps out from a crack in greywacke
below the summit
and Devil’s pulpit

Mapped first by Mary Bowerman 1944 in
The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo, California

Mimulus guttata
Gold monkeyflowers lean on long pedicels
over springwater
reflection of monkey face petals,
mimics their mirror image

laughing monkey

Miwok crushed leaves to treat sores and burns
Root eases fever, dysentery, hemorrhage

Pioneers seasoned meat with
leaves and stems,
concentrate salts from soil

Orange Sticky Monkey secretes resin
to feed hungry larvae of the buckeye butterfly
and stunt their growth
so they eat fewer leaves

tricky monkey

Scarlet Monkeyflower boasts
the most nectar
luring hummingbirds, to kiss their foreheads with pollen

Mud clouds Mimulus Spring most days
Clouds muddy waters with spring rain
Which mimics which?

by m.j.smith

 

7/28/2017

‘Resistance, Rebellion, Life’: insurgent poetry by Diana Whitney
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Rhyme and reason: where the teachers go for their poetry fix by Joan Wickersham
(Boston Globe)

Boston bards assemble anthology of poetry By William J. Kolea
(Press Herald)

Getting Kids Interested In Poetry: Rachel Martin interviews poet and educator Kwame Alexander
(NPR)

Two Poets Walk Into a Bookstore by Gregory Cowles
(NYTimes Book Review)

Jack Foley: from “Grief Songs”
(Poems and Poetics)

Review: Scales by César Vallejo, edited and trans. from the Spanish by Joseph Mulligan
(Publishers Weekly)

Ted Kooser presents Karla Morton’s “Honeysuckle”
(American Life in Poetry)

Happy birthday to John Ashbery, who is ninety today. Read his Art of Poetry interview here:
John Ashbery, The Art of Poetry No. 33, Interviewed by Peter A. Stitt
(Paris Review)

The winners of our health care haiku contest are…
(PBS)