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Literary Friendships, Part II April 11, 2010: Earlier I posted about literary friendships, and indeed I was just at AWP for a panel on the late (is that possible?) Craig Arnold.   One of the most beautiful poem-portraits of literary friendship [...] by

The Explosion April 9, 2010: I too am here in Denver at AWP, where I was on the tribute panel for Craig Arnold.  And I was going to post some more about literary friendships, and about poets who have vanished from life into [...] by

Literary Friendships, Part One April 4, 2010: One of the difficult things about ex-pat life is social—one doesn’t really fit in with the host country, nor, often, with the usual ex-pat crowd.  One has many acquaintances among local writers, [...] by

Biting the Hand… April 1, 2010: National Poetry Month brings work to poets like me.  I should be all for it.   After all, what could be bad about getting the word out about poetry.  Hoorah for our team(s)!  But I confess that [...] by

Blog and Blat February 29, 2008: The Blog has been my companion for six months, padding after me in the house, wanting his daily rations of nourishment and attention. His tail thumps on the bed when I wake up in the morning, and he [...] by

Tsiknopempti February 28, 2008: Today is… Tsiknopempti here in Greece! No, I don’t expect that to ring any bells for most of you. The word literally means, “the-smell-of-roasting-meat-Thursday” and, in the [...] by

Night Rhythm February 25, 2008: Mention of “The Sheep Child” here has called to mind all kinds of recollections from the Atlanta of my youth, in which, among literary circles at least, James Dickey loomed large. [...] by

Lightning and Lightning Bug February 22, 2008: I have been thinking about diction lately—the quandaries of word choice. Maybe it is partly to do with my 3-and-a-half–year old son’s vocabulary becoming richer and more sophisticated, and one [...] by

Snow on the Parthenon February 18, 2008: It has been snowing—yes, snowing!—the past two days in Athens, and the concrete city of horn honking and jack hammers, illegal parking, protest-marches and garbage collection strikes, has [...] by

Edward Lear February 15, 2008: I’ve been thinking about a post on Lear, but a couple of entries have pushed it to the fore… Steve’s which mentions the ghazal, and Daisy’s on Rexroth in Rome. And I have been [...] by