Recent Entries:

  • April 28th, 2014

    One of Kelly Cherry’s most quoted and anthologized works is a poem called “Alzheimer’s,” published in her 1997 collection, Death and Transfiguration. It’s a snapshot of one moment in a man’s decline: A “crazy old man” arrives at a door holding a suitcase ...

    … swinging from his hand,

    That contains shaving cream, a piggy bank,

  • April 28th, 2014

    Shortly before he died in 1997, Bohumil Hrabal specified that his coffin should bear the inscription Pivovar Polná or Polná Brewery. While working there as an assistant bookkeeper, his mother Marie met his step-father Francin (Hrabal never knew his biological father). They married in 1917 when the boy was three years old.

  • April 23rd, 2014

    Stefan Zweig began writing his autobiography, The World Of Yesterday, in 1934, the year he departed Vienna to escape the Anschluss and Nazi persecution of the Jews. After a brief stay in England and a longer period spent in Manhattan and Ossining, New York, Zweig and his second wife Lotte moved to Petrópolis in Brazil in 1941.

  • April 10th, 2014

    Presented with yet another book about atomic energy, we might ask why. We already have Richard Rhodes's very thorough The Making of the Atomic Bomb, two magnificent biographies of J. Robert Oppenheimer (American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J.

  • April 7th, 2014

    Welcome to the Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, twelve poets write briefly on some of their favorite new and recent titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:

    Brian Teare

    on Caribou by Charles Wright (Farrar Straus Giroux)

  • March 27th, 2014

    Frank McCabe bought on credit at my father’s liquor store,
    they had gone to school together. Finally my father said,
    teach my son to play drums and we’re even, for now.

    Late afternoon lessons in his cellar, first the basics
    rapped out on rubber pads, then rolls, drags, flams, paradiddles and ratamacues.
    Moving on to a real kit and the flair of fills, underbelly routines