Here are my most frequently-read blog posts of 2018, according to my WordPress stats.


First, from the Lifesaving Poems series:


The Dead Woman (La Muerta) -Pablo Neruda

Atlas -UA Fanthorpe

To His Lost Lover -Simon Armitage

The Journey -Mary Oliver

Everything is Going to be All Right -Derek Mahon

The Art of Disappearing – Naomi Shihab Nye

The Half-Finished Heaven -Tomas Tranströmer

Night Drive -Seamus Heaney

Thank You, Lord, Thank You -Michel Quoist

May the Silence Break -Brendan Kennelly


And here are the ten most-read new blog posts from 2018:


Saying goodbye

Losing my ambition

UCU Strike Notebook

On being chipper

Lifesaving Poems: Carrie Fountain’s Poem Without Sleep

UCU Strike Poems 3 -Calling Him Back From Layoff, by Bob Hicok

On a failure

Lifesaving Poems: Stuart Pickford’s The Curtain Falls

The Year of Living Deeply 17: All I Want, by Joni Mitchell

Brother, genius


With deep thanks and a happy Christmas to all of my readers.

I look forward to seeing more of you in 2019.