The Ninth of Av –for Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, z”l In the rhythm of the year our temple fell. We sat low. As if we might fall again but not as far. We sat low closer to the ground. We had fallen also in the heat of August in the month of Av. Although “I know … Read more
Herbert Kearney’s fallen angel is at the heart of this elegy.
Just released Verse of April: Hymn For the Living Poet. I have poems in there in homage to three poet-friends. Kit Robinson, Sabine Huynh, and Bill Lavender. You can find the poems and other homages here.
My friend Richard Katrovas created the Prague Summer Program in the wake of the Velvet Revolution and I was fortunate to teach in it many times in the summer. I got to learn the culture of Prague, especially the Jewish culture of the Jewish Quarter with its twin icons, the Golem and Franz Kafka. Eventually … Read more
My friend Alexis Krasilovsky who is a noted film-maker and author also does graphic art. She read into DREAM LOGIC and produced two illustrations that I wanted to share. I think one of the best ways to read a poem is to write a poem for it, or as she did, to make an art … Read more
Theory of Gravity, poem for my own damned birthday 1/20/21 There’s as much mystery in a fork falling under the table as in how I got to be here to drop it, how a being wholly composed of slowed down light could become so opaque. I fetched the dropped fork but how my … Read more
“I had a teacher in college who said, ‘You could write from your dreams,’” she told Ploughshares, the literary magazine, in 2008, “and that was like being given a bag full of gold.” I was sad to learn of the death of Jean Valentine a gifted poet who wrote in the perfume of the dream. … Read more