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The Sunday Poem : Hayden Carruth

          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 Much bigger than social security. Instead All those years of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:38+00:00 08.19.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Hayden Carruth

Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

  Self-portraits by actor and theatre director André Gregory (Photo courtesy Atlas Theatre Company)   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 [...]

Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

  Poet Matthew Zapruder and Fiction writer Amy Hempel after their reading at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute (Photo by Ryan Williams courtesy the Juniper Summer Writing Institute) A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:43+00:00 08.03.12|Events, Greatest Hits, News, Process, Words|Comments Off on Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

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

    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 we do). Over the past week, I've been savoring the imaginative, moving stories [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:52+00:00 06.28.12|Books Worth Reading, Events, Interviews, Words|Comments Off on Rajesh Parameswaran’s Dazzling Tales of Captivity & Freedom : I Am An Executioner

The Sunday Poem : Ravi Shankar

          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 ham and beer alike. Believes [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:57+00:00 06.16.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Ravi Shankar

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

"I always thought the novel, with it’s ability to show lives in their full emotional and social complexity was the best medium for understanding and illuminating the world. I thought it more important than any non-fiction I could write as an academic, or journalist, or 'expert'; It seems an almost [...]

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

    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 envelope arrived by U.S. Postal Service, without insurance and [...]

The Sunday Poem : Carol Muske-Dukes

    Home-Boys: Baby & Me (a Sapphic) Ex-gang members. Driveby days over. Zero Tattoos, tagging. Sippy cups, hoodies. Baby Daddies gather, stubble-cheeked, holding infants. Rock-a-bye Central.   Awkward former enemies, rubbing elbows, Slow-bounce babies: parachute cradle. X-nay Gangsta language – A is for Apple, only. Alphabet shakedown.   [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:31+00:00 05.13.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Carol Muske-Dukes
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