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Posts by: Kathleen Alcott

Thomas Bartlett

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Pianist and New Yorker Thomas Bartlett was raised in rural Vermont by two devoted intellectuals. For the most part self-educated, save a few failed attempts at public high school and 1.5 semesters at Columbia, he is perhaps the most famous person you’ve never heard of.

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Kathleen Alcott: The Last Book I Loved, The Romantic Dogs

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I always blanch when someone tells me — and always so assuredly, it seems — “ I just don’t really like poetry.”It’s more people, more otherwise avid readers than I would like to think.

It’s a matter of personal choice, sure; as much as I try to like reading philosophy I can’t say I do.  But these people who “don’t really like poetry” seem to see it as an art form that’s too indulgent or selfish or extraneous; they feel they can relate more to characters in storylines. I, on the other hand, turn to poetry when I need something to relate to.  I was feeling that need when I passed Bolaño’s The Romantic Dogs in a window; I was heartachin’, broke, and a line from a poet I hadn’t read in years kept crossing my mind:

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