Category Archives: verse and worse

tangled beauty

Facebook23 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 24Let us be glad for tangled things–   For soiled fingers raking thick-stemmed grass;     For matted fur on long, warm ears; Or child’s hair idly twisted in rings.   A thatch of ganglia fires in the brain’s wet … Continue reading

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when the lotus bloomed

Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27I was so distracted, tense, and busy That I missed the lotus bloom. Though preoccupied and hasty I sensed something in the room— Caught that subtle scent of longing, That mute yearning to be still— But I … Continue reading

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anxieties of influence

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Emerson, Lowell, cummings, and Plath, Stevens, Roethke, Frost, MacLeish, and Hall, Ashbery, Bishop, Eliot and Rich– I write them down in verse, shuffling their names To fill my lines, making them my material, They who took all … Continue reading

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self help: a short story

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Political prisoner K. was sentenced to solitary, with only cement walls, a cot, a stinking bucket, and a food slot for company. One day, on his way back from interrogation, he saw a tattered paperback on the … Continue reading

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The Anachronist in the Florida Review

Facebook26 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 26(Korcula, Croatia) I am in Europe for a mixture of work–in Ukraine and Germany–and vacation. Meanwhile, the Florida Review has published The Anachronist as a multimedia feature. It begins: The Argument A woman is bound to the stake to … Continue reading

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what it looks like to live

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20She’s all cheekbones, lashes, emotions Conveyed in rapid succession, practiced. Cut to his reaction, the impact on his famous Face, bathed in a warm and flattering light. Then they’re running athletically away, Silhouettes diving before the fireball. … Continue reading

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Philip, Hannah, and Heinrich: a Play

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20“[Philip] Roth, who passed away last week, will be spending a lot of time with Arendt now, as he will be buried near her in the Bard College cemetery. According to an anecdote related by Bard’s President, … Continue reading

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The Anachronist at the Florida Review

Facebook51 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 51(Washington, DC) I just signed a contract with The Florida Review so that they can re-publish my interactive novel, The Anachronist. It should appear there in July 2018, and it will reside on their digital platform, Aquifer. … Continue reading

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echoes

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10In home movies and fading Polaroids, They look funny, their lapels wide and garish, Their facial hair risible, movements jerky. They look naive–fools, ignorant of what came next. But I report: the grass felt just the same … Continue reading

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Menemsha, Nov. 2017

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5The green belly of a wave stretches, tautens Under its own mass–filaments or nerves Of paler green stretching to their limits As the body, relentless, falls forward. But the wave is a hybrid creature, its Sober underside … Continue reading

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