Author Archives: Amanda

Promises, Wishes, and Koans (for Nathan and Sarah on their wedding day)

Long ago on a stormy day a ribbon arced high across the clouds— light and water banded together in a splurge of color and the promise of renewal. And we danced, didn’t we? Some of us naked, and some of … Continue reading

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Tremulous Hinge

I can’t let go of Adam Giannelli’s luminous poetry debut. Tremulous Hinge doesn’t rest on the bed stand and it never touches the floor (where books land when I’m fed up with them). This copy lives in my bag, and … Continue reading

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Sex and Intimacy after 60: Ethical and Practical Considerations

I’ve had some requests for the powerpoints and handouts from a lecture I gave at CSWE, so here you go! The practical stuff’s in the handouts at the end.barusch-2016-sex-and-intimacy-after-60

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Rest your eyes and listen to poetry

If you’re up for an audio adventure, my poem Devil Wind has just been released by the experimental audio journal, Golden Walkman (Issue 3.7, starting at 5:30) You can hear me read it at this link.

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Heedless

Heedless we whirl over ground so green and I bounce like a red rubber ball I caroom off your back teeter and flop to the ground so soft. Breathless we sprawl watch the still swimming clouds under blue so blue … Continue reading

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Corner Voyeur

They must have been walking to work, her neck caught in the crook of his elbow, stretching her legs to match his stride, and that blurry smile. His hand dangling in front breast-high, as if to – Was that a … Continue reading

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Every footprint casts a shadow

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Melanie’s new book!

Last week Melanie (my writing teacher) read from her new book, Silence & Song. The text just pours, and I am reminded of her astonishing gift for capturing tragedy and beauty in the same breath. You can support FC2 (a … Continue reading

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Antidote for Self-Loathing

Have you ever looked in the mirror and groaned? Here’s something to put a dent that self-loathing, or at least make you smile! Click here, scroll down to the “Girl Undresses” video then tell me what you think. Did it … Continue reading

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Fly By [quest-narrative-in-progress]

. .. … MacGuffin: the arbitrary goal in a quest narrative. Barely awake from its long hibernation, packed tight: with an ounce of Clyde, the US flag, a postage stamp, and a quarter; the space pod wings towards a dove- … Continue reading

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The Spider, The Lion, and The Elephant Fish

. . . . . . It was a blustery day and I found this poem on the beach. . . . . . . . . St. Clair, 2015 Sea froth skips the jetty in this wind, a hopeless … Continue reading

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Boots (Dunedin, 2015)

You gathered the soil of the Southern Alps on treks through every version of moisture falling. That splendid crunch when you landed in snow, and a bit clung to you, didn’t it? He tied your laces without a thought: the … Continue reading

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Final Visit

. . . Hi Folks, A few weeks before Dad died, Larry and I visited him at the Assisted Living facility. He was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and I was in the habit of jotting down things he … Continue reading

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Adamantine

Ice sheathes the earth. A crystal illusion, held by surface tension (like wedding rings). At first, sliding along, it insisted so clearly. The tension did. The slide so smooth, so quick, you barely noticed. But Time. Time, entropy, and the … Continue reading

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Devil Wind

I reject the claim that the name Santana originates with the Indian word for devil wind. Based on historical documents, I conclude that the wind is named for the Santa Ana Canyon, in which it originates. Pronunciation as Santana is … Continue reading

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Two Poems Published in Stone Path Review!

Dear Friends, Two of my poems have just been published in the Fall, 2014 issue of Stone Path Review. You can read them by clicking here. Happy November, Amanda

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Icons and Études

(A Concert at St. Julien le Pauvre) Reluctant Stones pried from the earth, moistened by the sweat of artisans, bathed in the tears of pilgrims, stained with the blood of martyrs, and caressed by the smoke of vagrant prayers. Tonight … Continue reading

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Floral Intrigue

Don’t give your heart or bed to a tulip. Early riser perhaps, but an elegant fraud, its brief perfection and arrogant nod, mask a sharp penchant for nasty gossip and a stingy streak that cheats the poor bee hungry for … Continue reading

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The True Shape of Raindrops!

Hi Friends, Mulberry Fork Review has just published my short story, “The True Shape of Raindrops.” You can see it by clicking here. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Runaway

I. Hunting season on a dusty path in rattlesnake country. I once felt a bullet breeze past my ear. But today a small child approaches, his blue tie longer than his button-up shirt. The path wells up and a wind … Continue reading

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