Reading Spenser, Master of Mutabilitie In that same Gardin all the goodly flowres, Wherewith dame Nature doth her beautifie, And decks the girlonds of her paramoures, Are fetcht: there is the first seminarie Of all things, that are borne to liue and die, According to their kindes. Long worke it were, Here to account the […]
GREAT EXPECTATIONS By Charles Dickens Coming to a classic novel late is good thing. There was a time when Great Expectations would have been wasted on me. But at age 54, with a lot of books under my belt, I feel free to love this book in the way it should be. Reviewing it seems […]
My old friend, the poet Carol Rubenstein, has published 4 new poems on Jerome Rothenberg’s site Poems and Poetics. Rubenstein’s work is dense and associative, with a profusion of images, but always driven by a single concern. In this case it is Auschwitz, which she visited several times over the course of a single year. I first […]
MAD DOG COLL An Irish Gangster By Breandon Delap Mercier Press, Cork, 1999 I love true crime stories. Some of the earliest adult books I read as a kid were the mafia books of the early seventies, like The Valachi Papers and Honor Thy Father. True crime is inherently dramatic, but shears the actors of […]
My interview with Cara Hoffman is on Beyond the Margins! Thank you, Cara.
My friend James Dufficy has some new poems in Black Box Manifold. These are some of the best he’s ever written, provokative, sly, funny, and harrowing. Please read them!
Birthday Dinners This weekend was my son’s birthday. He turned 15. We don’t get a lot out of him these days other than grunts. A grunt is an extremely serviceable sign to the 15 year old male, and can represent assent or dissent. However, dissent is most often registered with a tirade of some sort, […]
VISITING HOURS One by one they climb the stair They’ve come to see the face of Lear. A man in the hall says, ‘Stand here,’ Points to a room where there is a book And another man who says to look At names written by hands that shook. One by one they climb the stair […]
A PERFECT NOVEL I was recently asked in an interview if I had read a perfect novel recently and I had, Middlemarch. Middlemarch is often considered one of the greatest novels in the language, and I have to agree. It is bursting with incident and the pleasures of narrative. She spans multitudes of characters and […]