Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fifteen Paintings of the Spring by Charles Burchfield

… 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 clearly, the dark with the light, knowing full well that he needed the darkness to see the light. Burchfield began […]

Siblings

… 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 so I’ve given it to Scott to pass along. It will go a lot farther into the future in his […]

Learning English: Main Verbs

… To the English Learner: If you want to learn English, begin with the verbs. That is where the action is. This is true with any language, and very true with English because what makes English English are its helping verbs. But let’s look at […]

Tennessee Williams reads The Broken Tower by Hart Crane

… Written earlier in the year of his death, and rejected by Poetry, The Broken Tower was printed in the New Republic soon after his suicide on April 27, 1932. Why did Hart Crane jump into the Gulf of Mexico on his voyage to Cuba? […]

Tennessee Williams reads Eternity by Hart Crane

… There is something about Eternity that has always played on my heart strings. It may be that I heard the poem first read by Tennessee Williams on an LP I’d bought, a Caedmon recording. It is one of the better performances by the playwright. […]