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‘This is Gene Derwood speaking’ April 16, 2014: [caption id="attachment_85131" align="alignright" width="500"] Flyleaf of New Poems 1940 signed by editor and several contributors.[/caption] It’s still going at a reduced scale down on 24th Street at Folsom, but Adobe Books used to be a barn of a store on 16th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, and to my mind the epicenter of a [...] by

Self-evidence with Difficulty April 9, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84258" align="alignright" width="500"] Site of the Café Le Métro poetry reading coffeehouse from 1963-1965, located at 149 2nd Ave., New York City[/caption] For many years I’ve been interested in difficulty; I suppose in the present context it could be called the poetics of difficulty. I remember at age 14 carrying [...] by

Crimes in Verse: Dylan Thomas’s Steamy Love-letters to an American Mistress Revealed January 14, 2014: —by the Daily Mail OF COURSE. (And not a second too late...) They're being published too, proving once and for all that there is no escape from the eye of tabloids, EVEN IN DEATH. Poor lad. Never before seen letters written by hellraising poet Dylan Thomas to the American journalist he had a passionate affair with are to be published for [...] by

Boozing with the Best at the Guardian July 22, 2013: Blake Morrison at the Guardian has been pondering one of the eternal mysteries of literature: Why do writers drink? "Does it help writers to drink? Do they drink any more heavily than any other social group – doctors, lawyers, shop assistants or (see Mad Men) advertising executives?" Hmmmm, not sure. We do know that such questioning easily [...] by

The Poetry of Our Youth April 25, 2013: Why can’t I hear the music of my youth with objectivity? I really don’t know if The Unforgettable Fire is a great album or not because I loved U2 so ardently in high school that the profound and sticky wistfulness of unfulfilled teenage desire roars back to life at each listening. Of course, many songs I still like from that time I know [...] by

Instead of Reading This, You Should Be Reading David Markson (Part Two) April 22, 2013: As promised in Part One, here are excerpts from the postcards and letters David Markson sent me from 2003-2010: I still regret that inadequate answer to your letter. (Whatever it is, here—age, the rotten weather, my 97 sundry infirmities, etc.) I will try, try, try to get off my butt and set up a drink or whatever. (I cannot [...] by

BBC TV Biopic on Dylan Thomas Forthcoming December 10, 2012: From The Guardian: His death aged just 39, after a life blighted by drink and poverty, deprived the literary world of one of its most beautiful and original voices. Now the BBC and screenwriter Andrew Davies are to tackle Dylan Thomas's last days in a TV biopic to mark the centenary of his birth. A Poet In New York will be a [...] by

Dylan Thomas’s Old Pub Reopens for Business August 9, 2012: ...Only this time, it's a mite classier. Browns Hotel in Laugharne, where Thomas often wrote, has undergone a £2 million renovation after closing in 2006. The hotel will once again provide lodging, just as it did in the poet's heyday. The new-look Browns is a far cry from the rough-and-ready boozer of Thomas’s day. When I check in a few [...] by

Dylan Thomas Neglected in Academia July 18, 2012: That's right. Dylan Thomas has unfortunately gone gentle into that good night... See this, from Wales Online: He has influenced film-makers, rock stars, politicians and generations of writers the world over. But an international expert on Dylan Thomas has accused the academic world of ignoring the Swansea-born poet’s wide-ranging [...] by

Dylan Thomas cuddles penguins. Pass it on… December 1, 2010: As the Oxford English Dictionary relaunches online this week, its attempts to uncover "the first known use of every sense of every word in the English language" will soon be much easier to scrutinize. The BBC today examines the role that the Welsh language played in the development of English, with the poet Dylan Thomas alone contributing 635 [...] by