Monthly Archives: February 2016

Another Insane Devotion

At the beginning of a book by the same name that I haven’t read, I found this poem by Gerald Stern, now in his nineties.  He came and read to a full house last year in the Bay Area: Another … Continue reading

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Two points of view

This week, I have read two passages with very opposing points of view. The first from a book by Claudia Rankine, called Citizen. Here’s a fairly typical excerpt: “You are in the dark, in the car, watching the black-tarred street being … Continue reading

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Who?

At a craft talk at Squaw Valley one year, Bob Hass said something like this: No one can say whose work will last. Alfred Lord Tennyson was the most famous poet of his day. But who reads him now? The … Continue reading

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Apolitical

I’ve never been very engaged in the political process–probably because my introduction was going with my mother to rallies for Adlai Stevenson. But I’ve never been quite as depressed by the process as this year. Really? This is who people … Continue reading

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Ada Limón

I first heard Ada Limón read at San Francisco Litquake’s World Series of Poetry. I found her work alive and intriguing. Here’s sample from her latest book: The Last Move It was only months when I felt like I had been washing … Continue reading

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C. D. Wright

Last month, C. D. Wright died suddenly in her sleep. There have been many good articles about her life and work since then. This poem, from her book String Light, reads to me as a self-written obituary. Oh, the Novaculite Uplift–a chert … Continue reading

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Morning reading

I set aside David Lipsky’s review of Nabokov’s Letters to Vera in Harper’s to read this morning, and was rewarded by a truly elegant piece of work.  Lipsky doesn’t just review the letters, he provides a succinct and literate overview of Nabokov’s … Continue reading

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Bob and Ray

Back in the days of radio, the comedy team of Bob and Ray provided hours of low-key comedy.  Ray Goulding has been gone for some time, but Bob Elliott’s obituary just appeared in the NY Times this morning.

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Two poems about birdsong

The first, in sonnet form, by Robert Frost, published in 1942. The second a more contemporary song by Troy Jollimore. Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same He would declare and could himself believe That the birds there in all … Continue reading

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