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Dying to do so April 27, 2010: Once I went to the graveyard in Worcester, Massachusetts and found Elizabeth Bishop and thanked her for her poems and stood around starting to feel sentimental except for the fact that, despite [...] by

The Place That Inhabits Me April 23, 2010: I’d like to join the shout out parade with a bit of praise of my own.  I’m just back from participating in a terrific reading at Mrs. Dalloway’s, one of the East Bay’s most fantastic [...] by

Question and Answer: The Top Five April 21, 2010: I’ve been on the road much of this spring giving readings from my new anthologies and newest collection of poetry.  Three very different books for often radically divergent audiences.  At the [...] by

a wreath, a bugle, a monument: the written word April 15, 2010: I’m moved by Lihn Dinh’s most recent post. Thank you for commemorating this tragedy, and by marking it with such beautiful poems. Just this evening I heard myself repeating the phrase, “The [...] by

In Praise of the Academy and So On April 13, 2010: The grandson of German immigrants, a first generation college kid from a farm in Wisconsin, and the granddaughter of a Black professor walk into a student union in Central Iowa to read literature out [...] by

It happens for some people April 11, 2010: The conversation started when I said I am happy my third book is going to be published so soon after its completion rather than four years after I’d finished writing it.  Hearing this, the charmed [...] by

The episode in which I prepare to hug everyone else April 8, 2010: AWP.  Harriet readers, by now, are familiar with the fact that this is the week of the annual conference during which America’s writers group their collective ambitions and anxieties in one US [...] by

the episode in which I hug everyone April 3, 2010: Since my arrival in NYC on Thursday I have hugged at least 30 great, and new, and new great American writers. And tomorrow I have a few more to add to my list.  I’ve only been in public about 18 [...] by

“into the shining dark” April 1, 2010: I began my stint as a member of the Harriet community by writing a column on Lucille Clifton, how amazing she was, what a spectacular poet and reader.  Tonight I’ll be going to a PSA event at [...] by

A Few Prompts Drawn From Wandering/Home July 31, 2009: As I feared when I packed my life into boxes this spring, plenty is still lost to the inside of paper-walled containers.  My copy of Flight to Canada must still be boxed up in cardboard, also my [...] by