Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sweetcakes, you are my kind of god

God Says Yes to Me I asked God if it was okay to be  xxxmelodramatic and she said yes I asked her if it was okay to be short and she said it sure is I asked her if I … Continue reading

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An exemplary sentence

I’ve been reading The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt. I knew nothing about her, it was just a book that appeared on my list somehow. The novel is an intricate construction–written as if a study by a PhD researching Harriet (Harry) Burden, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on racism

I came up against my unacknowledged biases twice in the last month, first in the audience at an LGBT event. Seeing how everyone else was dressed–a kind of kinky extreme fashion–and how I was dressed–skirt, sweater, sandals–I felt slightly out of … Continue reading

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An occasional poem

I wasn’t looking specifically for a Thanksgiving poem, and this one might not be to everyone’s taste, but I like its realism–the confusion of emotions amid the celebration: The Feast The lovers loitered on the deck talking, the men who … Continue reading

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A short poem about loss

Your Clothes Of course they are empty shells, without hope of animation. Of course they are artifacts. Even if my sister and I should wear some, or if we give others away, they will always be your clothes without you, … Continue reading

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One antidote to terrorism: humor

My friend Tung and I ofter call ourselves “colander heads,” as in “my brain is a sieve.” Here’s a woman who has taken colander headism one step further. You can read the article here (of course Larry found it), or in case it’s … Continue reading

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A little more on Creeley

Last night Larry said he had forgotten Creeley’s rain poem, and how much he loved it. I was surprised, because Larry has often said he thought Creeley was mostly a faker. “Well,” he explained, “The early work was great. But … Continue reading

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Rain

This is our first real rainy day this year.How delicious to be inside, watching the earth soak up, at last, some moisture.  In its honor, two rain poems. And also the rain room at LACMA. Rain Effect A bride and a groom sitting … Continue reading

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Merwin on Monday

The NY Times Magazine has started printing a poem each week. In case you missed this one, it’s the best of the series so far: After the Voices Youth is gone from the place where I was young even the … Continue reading

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