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Grace Paley: “Write What Will Stop Your Breath If You Don’t Write”

Today is the birthday of writer Grace Paley. Although Paley's writing output was modest during her 84 years -- some four dozen stories in three volumes: The Little Disturbances of Man (Doubleday, 1959); Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974); and Later the Same Day [...]

The Sunday Poem: Christopher Robinson

        Hotdog     They salvaged only what was vital, leaving behind their most precious belongings, including Aunt Beale’s watercolors, which were lost, and the thousand paper cranes Dad had folded to win Mom over, placing them on her usual routes, at the post office, in the library [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:39+00:00 12.03.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Christopher Robinson

The Sunday Poem: U.A. Fanthorpe

      Reindeer Report   Chimneys: colder. Flightpaths: busier. Driver: Christmas (F) Still baffled by postcodes. Children: more And stay up later. Presents: heavier. Pay: frozen. Mission in spite Of all this Accomplished – MERRY CHRISTMAS!       What the Donkey Saw   No room in the inn, of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:41+00:00 12.01.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: U.A. Fanthorpe

The Dow of Art: Why Art Still Matters in Our Market-Driven Society

Writer Nova Ren Suma has just published a new essay of mine over at "Distraction No. 99." Although the assigned topic was "inspiration," my piece covers a range of subjects, from library book censorship to the financial stresses of being an artist. But the central theme concerns the value [...]

“Hugo” Author Brian Selznick Shares 20 Favorite Children’s Books with Gwarlingo

Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret is out in theaters today. Selznick's remarkable book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal (the first young adult novel to win the award for children's book illustration), was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was chosen as [...]

Thank You Gwarlingo Readers

This Thanksgiving holiday I want to thank all of the friends and readers who have supported me this year during the launch of Gwarlingo. What a year it's been. Since the official launch of the site in June, the number of Gwarlingo subscribers and visitors has grown dramatically. I've [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:47+00:00 11.22.11|Events, Welcome to Gwarlingo, Words|Comments Off on Thank You Gwarlingo Readers

Writer Jeff Sharlet: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between

If you follow the subject of American religion, you have likely heard of author Jeff Sharlet. Sharlet has published five books on the subject, including C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy and The New York Times best seller The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:56+00:00 11.02.11|Books Worth Reading, Events, Greatest Hits, Words|Comments Off on Writer Jeff Sharlet: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between

The Sunday Poem: Elisabeth Frost

Poet Elisabeth Frost       Monarch Those of us who survive are waiting for normal life, believing in the idea, though everybody knows from months of TV that the wait has extended impossibly, like a line in space or a rope stretched beyond all capacity. We see signs. [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:59+00:00 10.29.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Elisabeth Frost

The Sunday Poem: Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo (Photo by Jay Franco)     Problema 3   The Fulton St. Foodtown is playing Motown and I’m surprised at how quickly my daughter picks up the tune. And soon the two of us, plowing rows of goods steeped in fructose under light thick as corn oil, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:54:00+00:00 10.22.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Gregory Pardlo

A Renaissance of Public Conversation: Writers in Support of Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Movement has just received the support of almost 200 great novelists, non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, editors, and playwrights. Occupy Writers was published this morning and includes the signatures of Jonathan Lethem, Lemony Snicket, Mary Karr, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sasha Frere-Jones, Honor Moore, Luc Sante, Ann Patchett, Sam [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:22+00:00 10.14.11|Events, Words|1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Cristián Flores García

      an invitation to lunch   we tailgate the ambulance escaping the explosion of midday holiday shoppers gridlocked there’s the assaulting antiseptic odor and the head nurse suggesting we wait outside perhaps go for a bite to eat nothing for us yet not allowed in condition critical but stable [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:25+00:00 10.08.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Cristián Flores García

The Sunday Poem: Jean Valentine

  Jean Valentine (Photo by Max Greenstreet)   In Prison   In prison without being accused   or reach your family or have a family            You have   conscience heart trouble   asthma manic-depressive   (we lost the baby) no meds   no one no window   black water nail-scratched [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:28+00:00 09.24.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Jean Valentine

The Sunday Poem: John Poch

      Forgiveness   Because justice must recede like a page number and because the dictionary of under is a tedious read, more simply consider the ground as those who pour concrete think of how it rained or will. Consequently, consider the sky, and pray like a murderer has died. [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:30+00:00 09.17.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: John Poch

The Sunday Poem: Peter Balakian

        World Trade Center / Mail Runner / 73   There was no languor, no drowsy trade winds, or stoned-out stupor of lapping waves, only news, the big board of crime, corporate raiding, selling short and long. It didn'’t matter, I was no Ishmael. I just hovered there [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:32+00:00 09.10.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Peter Balakian
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