I need to be here, all skin and beard and elevator heart, where everything happens at once: the people we’ve been and the people we’re becoming creating a weird physics, time bending us toward each other, nine million stories bumping into the night, each of us calling the others home....more
If war is a defeat for poetry, what is diplomacy? Like poetry, diplomacy involves craft and discretion, finesse and poise, skill and subtlety. It requires canniness, deliberation, presence of mind, and shrewdness, as well as providence and wisdom.
I’ve been thinking about what poetry might tell us about the landmark deal the United States and five other world powers made this week with Iran to curb its nuclear program in an effort to prevent Tehran from building nuclear bombs....more
Here it is: the NYTimes 100 Notable Books.
The Times Literary Supplement includes Rick Whitaker’s An Honest Ghost, published by Seattle indie Jaded Ibis, among their Best Ofs.
And an eclectic, timeless list from BookRiot.
Famous authors on whether the symbolism in their work was intentional....more