Monthly Archives: April 2013

Two parties for Poetry Monday

Lisa Alvarez, whose blog The Mark on the Wall often features interesting poems as well as literary events in Orange County, mentioned on Facebook that it was her son’s 11th birthday. Thinking about children’s parties reminded me of two poems by … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Can’t get your kids to eat vegetables?

Try using cookie cutters. This plate of cucumber and papaya disappeared instantly.

Posted in Food | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A Narrative Poem

In the past, poems often told a story.  There are great narrative poems like the Odyssey or Beowulf, and many shorter examples up through the 1900s. But in the world of contemporary poetry, narrative is rare. Philip Levine’s work sometimes … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Finding a good book

Last week in DC, I sat down in Kramerbooks and read a short story by Carol Anshaw in the the Best American Short Stories 2012. I liked it so much, I immediately bought her novel Carry the One. I wasn’t disappointed. … Continue reading

Posted in Prose | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Techie or Fuzzy

I was one of those insufferable children who adore school. As the youngest in my family by five years, in school I competed only with my peers. I have always been a quick study, and the rewards at school were … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophical | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Museums In DC

I had a spare day in Washington, and went a few museums.  I had read about the beeswax room, an installation by in the Phillips Collection by Wolfgang Laib and wanted to see what it would feel like to be … Continue reading

Posted in Art | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Poetry Monday on Tuesday

I recently came across this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, a poet who was once all the rage–perhaps as much for her outrageously bohemian life as for her work–and is now thoroughly out of fashion. In my view she … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Walk as One at 1

Having been part of One Billion Rising, I’m up for global demonstrations that tap into positive energy.  Here’s the next one I’m planning to participate in, on Saturday, May 4. World Labyrinth Day, an initiative of The Labyrinth Society, is … Continue reading

Posted in Events | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Following the thread

My discovery of Vasko Popa led me to a slim book called The Golden Apple, a compilation of Serbo-Croation stories, spells, proverbs curses and riddles.  According to the editors Popa was instrumental in popularizing a plain-spoken Serbo-Croatian language that unified … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Tagged , , | 5 Comments