It started, as it often does, with a recommendation from a friend, in this case Gabrielle Calvocoressi. She sent me an email saying “You have to look at this book.” I would have anyway, because I’ve been a fan of Adrian Matejka’s work for a long time, and in fact, I wanted his last book, The Big Smoke, for the Poetry Book Club but couldn’t make it happen....more
Posts Tagged: Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Four Long Years At Court
I really miss the forest. And how
I used to hide there with the Queen.
I miss how we used to dance
and how we’d run from Court.
Why did my mother kill herself and I didn’t that year and have not?…I ask myself at the farmer’s market when David shows me the black radishes that I use in risotto or when Sarah takes me to the ranch and the horses press in on me so I’m nothing but warmth and breath and their snot on my hair.
That’s (part of) the title of this piece on the PEN Center website by Rumpus Poetry Book Club Board member Gabrielle Calvocoressi. It’s absolutely beautiful. Here’s a short sample:
“I’m really glad I had that lousy job because I know what it is to make someone copies at the last minute and to be told the coffee is too cold....more
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it—every, every minute?”
— Emily Webb
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town
Michael Klein is an award-winning poet and author whose poetry collections 1990 and Poets for Life are winners of the Lambda Literary Book Award. He lives in New York City and teaches memoir writing in the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown....more
“Every Person in This Town Loves Football”
Even the nuns come out
to watch the boys in their
gold and blue. Sister Marita,
Sister Anne, and some weeks