Monthly Archives: July 2016

Yesterday a friend was talking about gimmicks in poetry–and here is an example she gave. The gimmick is or world seen through the eyes of a Martian. Gimmick itself is a pretty good word… A Martian Sends a Postcard Home … Continue reading

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Summer recipe

This recipe makes a soup that is like a bowlful of summer. I adapted it from one of my favorite cookbooks, Annie Somerville’sĀ Field of Greens. She has you make a vegetarian stock with the corn cobs (adding a potato, some … Continue reading

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Summer food

Ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches. They are all here, and we are eating them all. This morning, delicate white Mexican onions crisped with corn kernels, spinach and basil from the garden, and a fried egg in the middle. Is there … Continue reading

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Who are these Trump supporters?

I’ve really been wondering, and this article in the New Yorker provides at least a partial answer: “The Trump supporters I spoke with were friendly, generous with their time, flattered to be asked their opinion, willing to give it, even … Continue reading

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Another Neruda translation?

“It’s true, I’ve been caught in print several times saying, ‘The last thing we need is another Neruda translation.’” This sentence opens Forrest Gander’s introduction to Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems, from Copper Canyon Press. He then goes … Continue reading

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You can take the girl out of New York…

but even though I’ve now lived about two-thirds of my life in California, I still relate to the world through a New Yorker’s lens, always searching for the fastest route, the shortest line, the way to keep moving, even when … Continue reading

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