Monthly Archives: June 2015

WRITING OUR HOUSE IN EXILE

My trip to Pittsburgh last week was short, but long in my thoughts. My eyes were constantly being opened. Especially when I learned about the City of Asylum, a place that gives “santuary to endangered literary writers.” Somewhere in my … Continue reading

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STEPPING OUT OF THE NOSTALGIA SWAMPS

Nostalgia can be a swampy, bottomless kind of emotion. It’s an emotional landscape with only limited sun and lots of swirling decomposing organic matter in the process of becoming something else.   It compresses, it forms coal. It takes in ferns … Continue reading

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Shape Shifters

Cindy Sherman, the photographer of shifting identities, was way ahead of the news, as artists usually are. Decades ago, she was photographing herself in stages of transformation, photographing herself as a shapeshifter in the hallways of culture’s identities. People are … Continue reading

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LAUNDRY LINES

AZORES BLUE nearly perfectly hung on the line; a middle blue of sea-washed expectations his three identical shirts; her blue scarf his four blue jockeys, strung like love along the shed

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OVID’S METAMORPHOSES & CAITLYN

The spectacle of metamorphosis is everywhere: Ovid is everywhere. We could consider Ovid, the controversial, ultimately banned poet of the Roman empire, the poet laureate of our own profoundly unstable era.  Ours is an era of personal and cultural shapeshifting. … Continue reading

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