15
AUG
2017

Karen Locascio’s Mortal Wounds

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I’ve written before about Hanging Loose Press, and among its new publications is Karen Locascio’s May All My Wounds Be Mortal. She’s the first winner of the Ron Schreiber Memorial Award—Ron was a professor at UMass Boston, where Karen received her MFA, and where I was lucky to...
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03
AUG
2017

The New Colossus

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Emma Lazarus was a fourth-generation New York Jew. At 17, she published her first book of poems, a volume admired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who entertained and flirted with her in Concord. She was a friend of Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Henry James. She was also a feminist,...
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12
JUL
2017

A Visit with Donald Hall

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Donald Hall used to have his own zip code. So prodigious was his correspondence, it overwhelmed the Danbury, NH post office where his mail was delivered. Later, his mailing address switched to Wilmot, and he grudgingly obtained an email address for his assistant. But he still...
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24
MAY
2017

Little Kisses by Lloyd Schwartz

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In the final section of his eagerly anticipated new book, Lloyd Schwartz writes, “The older I get, the less and less/I understand this world,//and the people in it.” (“To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like a Death”). But throughout Little Kisses, it’s clear that Lloyd—a dear...
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27
MAR
2017

Lola Haskins at Copperfish Books

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Copperfish Books is that small miracle, an independent bookstore in a city with a population not much bigger than my current hometown, and a lot smaller than Lexington, the neighboring Harvard/Tufts/high tech bedroom community where I lived for decades and which lost its three...
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03
MAR
2017

Dan Albergotti’s Millennial Teeth

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On the cover of Dan Albergotti’s Millenial Teeth, a child attacked by lightning bolts configured to look like a dragon staggers backwards (the figures come from a warning label on electrical equipment). Rarely has a book’s cover served so completely as a metaphor for what’s...
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27
JAN
2017

Poetry off the Shelf

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The public life of poetry can be both a sword and a shield. It can bind listeners together while reaching individual members of an audience in deep, profound, and diverse ways. The Auden quote that “poetry makes nothing happen” removes the phrase from its context in the second...
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17
DEC
2016

On Robert Pinsky at the Blacksmith House

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Late last month at the Blacksmith House I heard Robert Pinsky read from his new book, At the Foundling Hospital. I was rapt. “Omnivorous reverence” is the phrase Tony Hoagland uses to describe Robert’s artistic scope and method. One of the poems Robert read that night is “Running...
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28
NOV
2016

Italian Nobody

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When Doug Holder asked me for some background information for his interview program on Somerville Cable Access, “Poet to Poet,” I referred him to a Q&A I did with the online journal Niche, not realizing the link had been taken down. Among other questions, I discuss the source...
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