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The Sunday Poem : Jean Valentine

By |09.29.12|

 

 

No one has captured the essence of Jean Valentine’s poetry as eloquently as the late writer Adrienne Rich:

“Looking into a Jean Valentine poem is like looking into a lake: you can see your own outline, and the shapes of the […]

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Writer Christian McEwen on Creativity and Slowing Down

By |09.26.12|

 

Every day we’re faced with the decision of how and where to focus our attention. Sustained attention may be the most endangered resource in our modern age. We often forget that we have a choice about how we […]

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The Sunday Poem : Jim Daniels

By |09.22.12|

 

 

 

 

 
Last Day in Coldwater

Our phone died due to lack
of payment. I left her a note
and trudged down
the gray splintered stairs.

She was sleeping the weekly
sleep of the dead,
the morning crash after the stairs
burned […]

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15+ Books Worth Reading from Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine

By |09.19.12|

 

I do quite a bit of traveling for Gwarlingo these days and one of the best things about being on the road is discovering out-of-the way, independent bookshops. For me, walking into a deftly run, well-curated bookstore is almost as […]

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The Sunday Poem : Joan Murray

By |09.15.12|

 

 

Today’s Sunday Poem is a special excerpt from poet Joan Murray’s project The Visitor: Poems from the Eastman House. The last time I saw Joan she was working on this series of poems at The MacDowell Colony. I asked Joan […]

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The Sunday Poem : Judith Kitchen

By |09.08.12|

 
 

 

(Note: Today’s Sunday Poem is part of Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series and is made possible by The Poetry Foundation This one is for all of the gardeners out there!)

 

By describing the relocation of the moles […]

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The Sunday Poem: Natalie Diaz

By |09.01.12|

 

 

New poetry publications have been piling up in my post office box, a sure sign that the fall book season is here. One of the best surprises that’s appeared in my mail in recent weeks is Copper Canyon’s When […]

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The Sunday Poem : Hayden Carruth

By |08.19.12|

 

 

 

 

 
For Geof
 

I’m eighty-four now. Now I know what I

Should have done. After the war I should

Have stayed in the army. And now I’d be

A retired sergeant or captain with a pension

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Samein Priester on Fatherhood, Film, & Loss of His Wife, Artist Denyse Thomasos

By |08.17.12|

 

How do you learn to be a father, particularly when there are no fathers around to be an example?

This is the question at the heart of Samein Priester’s personal documentary 1st&4ever. The dilemma of fatherhood has taken on new significance […]

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The Sunday Poem : Frank O’Hara

By |08.12.12|

 

Art critic and New York School poet Frank O’Hara studied piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1941 to 1944 and served in the South Pacific and Japan as a sonarman on the destroyer USS Nicholas during World […]

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Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

By |08.08.12|

 

 

We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels’ fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over the Hudson River. On the […]

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The Sunday Poem : Merry Fortune

By |08.04.12|

 

 

 

 
God Quest
 

And when I have toilet paper I say thank you toilet paper god and when I
have food I say thank you food god. Clothes: thank the clothes’ god, shoes
and accessories- thank the same god. For […]

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Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

By |08.03.12|

 

A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event was part of a reading series at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, an annual summer workshop at the […]

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The Sunday Poem : Jorge Carrera Andrade’s Micrograms

By |07.28.12|

 

 

“The images of Jorge Carrera Andrade are so extraordinarily clear, so connected to the primitive I imagine I am…participating in a vision already lost to the world. It is a place melancholy but grand.”      — William Carlos Williams

 

 

Largely overlooked by […]

  • The late poet Adrienne Rich during her student days at Radcliffe (Photo courtesy Harvard University and the Radcliffe Archive)

The Sunday Poem : Adrienne Rich

By |07.21.12|

 

The Sunday Poem returns today after a two-week hiatus. Thanks to all of you who wrote and told me how much you missed receiving the Sunday Poem in your inbox. It only confirms what I suspected all along: that Gwarlingo […]

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Ruin & Repetition: Margaret Lanzetta & Susan Briante’s Utopia Minus Project

By |07.07.12|

 

I’m excited to share this special expanded edition of Gwarlingo’s Sunday Poem series with you. The Utopia Minus Project is an art and poetry collaboration that has been in the works for nearly twelve months now.

Poet Susan Briante […]

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Learning to Look : Whistler, Fireworks, and a New Way of Seeing

By |07.04.12|

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold. I was still in high school when I stumbled across the painting in an art history book and was immediately stunned. I […]

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Rajesh Parameswaran’s Dazzling Tales of Captivity & Freedom : I Am An Executioner

By |06.28.12|

 

 

If like me, you find most summer reading lists too beachy and lacking in inspiration, Rajesh Parameswaran’s I Am an Executioner: Love Stories is the perfect antidote. (After all, our brains don’t go on holiday just because […]

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The Sunday Poem : Kobayashi Issa Translated and Read by Robert Hass

By |06.23.12|

 

 

 

 

Translating haiku seems like a natural fit for Robert Hass, a United States Poet Laureate and recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry. Hass says he likes poems that “get to […]

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The Art of Focus : 5 Ways to Free Yourself from Digital Dependency

By |06.17.12|

 

 

Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.         — Blaise Pascal

 

Our day begins with good intentions. Feeling rested and focused, we set our priorities. […]

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The Sunday Poem : Ravi Shankar

By |06.16.12|

 

 

 

 

 
Sam the Super

 

You wouldn’t take my bald father for a quirky man,
since his bearing is quintessentially Tamil-Brahmin,
a Tam-Bram for the uninitiated, with the firmest hand

when it comes to discipline or studies. He leers at […]

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What Makes a Healthy Life? Writer Roger King Explores Love & Fatigue in America

By |06.11.12|

 

What does it mean to live in between?” writes novelist Andrea Barrett of Roger King’s latest book. “Not only between geographical locations, but between health and illness, commitment and freedom, love and loss?”

It is the promise of the […]

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The Sunday Poem : Carl Dennis

By |06.02.12|

 

 

 

 
Missing

 

If I told you simply that the bed in the Baptist Hospital

Last occupied by Cora Stokes is empty again,

And the patient didn’t go home, you’d be likely

Not to feel much […]

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The Sunday Poem : Gregory Orr

By |05.26.12|

 

 

 

 
Memorial Day

 

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After our march from the Hudson to the top
of Cemetery Hill, we Boy Scouts proudly endured
the sermons and hot sun while Girl Scouts
lolled among graves in the maple shade.
When members of the veterans’ honor guard
aimed […]

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A Sunday Poem Exclusive : The Debut of Mary Ruefle’s Erasure “Melody”

By |05.20.12|

 

 

When Mary Ruefle’s book Melody: The Story of a Child arrived in the mail several weeks ago, I could smell the musty, antique pages and the faint whiff of stale cigarette smoke before I even opened the package. The beige […]