14 May

Untitled, Paris, 1934

… Rudy Burckhardt was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1914. While going to medical in London, he discovered photography. He came to live in New […]

8 May

consequences of my body

… … A year or so ago, I saw Maged Zaher read at the Poetry Project on a Wednesday night. Because I taught classes Monday […]

6 May


… May 2, 2016 Groggy morning. Working on my own stuff and reading The Consequences of My Body by Maged Zaher, which I’m happy to […]

30 Apr

cb nyc 41 photoarnold newman

… Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) painted every season wearing a wide brimmed hat to keep the sun from making him squint. He wanted to see nature […]

17 Apr


… Here is my brother Scott and I. My mother gave me the photo, perhaps because I’m the oldest, but I don’t have any children […]

9 Apr

principle parts copy 2

… To the English Learner: If you want to learn English, begin with the verbs. That is where the action is. This is true with […]

7 Apr


… Written earlier in the year of his death, and rejected by Poetry, The Broken Tower was printed in the New Republic soon after his […]

5 Apr


… There is something about Eternity that has always played on my heart strings. It may be that I heard the poem first read by […]

28 Mar


… I am walking in the woods. I took some pictures of treetops and clouds. Still on the phone, I am not sure if any […]

25 Mar


… Well, here I am on top of the mountain. Ready to walk down the mountain. And then I will walk back up again. You […]

13 Mar


… Barbara Henning’s new book, A Day Like Today, is about a day among days, that one among many, meditative and observant. The cover is […]

7 Mar


… … Apparent rari nantes in gurgite vasto. A few swimmers appear in a huge whirlpool. —Vergil … When sleep vanishes then you swim. Awake […]