Recent Entries:

  • September 14th, 2008

    Great poetry resolves in its form, but there is no great poetry without unresolved tension within. Perhaps this is obvious to everyone, since the necessity of tension sometimes inspires poets to make passable facsimiles. I prefer a book of poetry that makes tension its manifest or muffled topic.

  • September 13th, 2008

    So quiet and undeveloped, the sadness in the father,
    like wet porcelain clay in a closet, organic and inert.
    He drives to work in the Dodge with the back seat removed
    to transport cases of liquor and wine
    between his two stores,
    and the day will be profitable,
    the shelves depleted here and there, then restocked,

  • September 12th, 2008

    Surveys show that men account for only 20 percent of the fiction market in North America and Britain. “The research is still in its early stages, but some studies have found that women have more sensitive mirror neurons than men,” reported Eric Weiner on NPR.

  • August 28th, 2008

    The first official act of the German occupiers of France in 1940 was to move French time up by an hour to synchronize with Berlin time. My grandfather once described to me the sinister dark mornings of that first winter. The familiar warped by the unopposed unfamiliar, the ordinary made bizarre, the sense of feeling at home blown away.

  • August 18th, 2008

    On August 15, the New York Times ran an AP wire story reporting that the FDA has reaffirmed its contention that “the trace amounts of bisphenol A that leach out of food containers were not a threat to infants or adults.” Had I not just completed my reading of Nena Baker’s new book, the broad

  • August 14th, 2008

    In “Scorn Not the Sonnet,” William Wordsworth honored the great practitioners of the form: “with this key / Shakespeare unlocked his heart; the melody / Of this small lute gave ease to Petrarch’s wound; / a thousand times this pipe did Tasso sound; / with it Camöens soothed an exile’s grief …” Then he added Dante, Spenser and Milton.