The Fall

Knausgaard’s Autumn isn’t so much a book to read cover-to-cover in one seating, but rather a companion you converse with over a season. Meant to be the inaugural volume of four matching the seasons, Autumn revels in the natural world by way of small essays making of the profane a …

Woolf & the Diary

Anything of importance should be written down to be conserved. Not everything is traceable, not everything has a flashpoint, a crater; a flag planted, a voice in the incessant chorus of history. Chatter dies, syllables on the page last, if only longer. So much is lost, if there are no …

Garage/Sale Fragments

Garage / Sale Fragments 1. Better than a sundial Tables at a garage sale 2. She turns over glass, reads History painted by factory workers Long ago on her family farm Running through the living Room chasing invisible birds Shaking the wood floor with footfalls Thunder, rattling cats and china …

For the Poets

Here’s the thing Tea cup tendrils  kitchen window light  I’m not a story Teller of ancient family secrets Unearthed by me Dog slumbering by the fireplace Not going to tell you How to live your days in bliss Rather simply Point this out Or that and leave  It at that …

Here Now

Hannah Arendt on remembering: While remembering we exit the present. Live elsewhere.   Hannah Arendt in her volume on thinking The Life of The Mind states that memory stores for us what is “no more” And that this is only possible, in a modes of imagination – making present what is …

Lynch: The Art Life, sitting 

Watched a documentary on David Lynch’s beginnings as an artist. Mostly known as a filmmaker, he began as a painter, a sometimes sculptor. He left his D.C. home for Boston to attend art school, dabbled in film, eventually ending up in Philly where he fully began to explore his predilection …

Thresh Hold

The door signifies continuity. Over the threshold we hold steady. Breath in under our breastplate cage. Singing in our ears the thrumming. Heart, sacred and torn, beating cleaved wonder. For what flies ahead. Lies within. 

The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over?

Joined a dot-com in the spring. By summer the bubble burst. Put out a collection of personal essays two weeks ago. And now this… What should I kill next? Death of the personal essay. Long live the personal essay. A genre that partially defined the last decade of the Internet has …