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Driven — Life of the Plane Trees

In March 2020, obsessed with the platanes, or plane trees that lend magic to the roads in southern France, I organized a series of poems and pictures about their disappeance.  Covid derailed the presentation of the piece— the series languished. … Continue reading

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Noon Justice

Sunday on the cusp of August in the countryside should be long, should feel endless.  At midi, noon in France, a stillness sets in that is both awesome, in the classical sense of the sun’s strict justice, and dauntingly hot.  … Continue reading

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La Rafle in Paris, 1942: Say their names

Say her name. Dites son nom. Say the names of Jewish children — more than 4,000— who were taken 80 years ago this weekend from Paris apartments in the 9th, 10th, 11th, 20th arrondissements. They were separated from their mothers, … Continue reading

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Paris’ Staff of Life

If this is Western civilization in decline, I’ll take it. On the one hand, France is in free fall; on the other, the effort of every moment to hold it together, to prop it up with baguettes as support! Thus … Continue reading

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A Trump Zealot Finds Phenomenology

Those endless questions pull the bobby pin out of reality; the willies,  blues, bad infinity even the “shining truth” of politics —nothing but a question all stars in our flag become fifty questionsall past and futures held down by a moment. … Continue reading

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Civil Burn

Things incandesce.  Glow with heat, break into flame as a water glass sitting on the edgeof a sunny table will alight  and you’ll find this small burning thing wanting— wanting — as prayer, as silence of the answer.   So the doubleness … Continue reading

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In Defense of Ardor

These are dark times,Open the window, the sun shines today for 15 hours 10 minutes.   And windy, a piece of lettuce is blowing off my lunchplate. Gesundheit, we say to the sneeze heard through the open window. On my summer reading … Continue reading

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Lessons from My Backyard Enemies

In spite of myself, my resentment that they are rats with tails, that they lounge in my chaises longues and massage themselves in the rims of my flowered pots, I have been admiring squirrels. Such looseness; such fearless sense of … Continue reading

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The Morning Gamble

Light on the ledge of my lidsor is it the sill’s seepage?From the trees, cacophony the birds, no doubtthough I doubt —a circus, pieces of a gambling game being turned – clacking and sparring,castanets, bingo. The Creator as croupier? Each element in … Continue reading

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The Howl of Motherhood

We all came from mothers: we have something in common.Our first act almost unspeakable hurtling towards bright lights, causing our Other shrieking pain.Mothers let us off the hook — it wasn’t really our fault —the pea-green stuff was cleared off, we sucked … Continue reading

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