“Slow Lone Burn” | The Esthetic Apostle

My poem “Slow Lone Burn” appears today in the inaugural issue of the edgy Chicago-based literary journal The Esthetic Apostle. My poem — technically a prose poem — centers around the mysticism of cigars and the metaphor of their composition and burning down. Please check out the poem, and read the …

Jack’s Well Lived Life

Jack’s lived a Post-It-note-full-life. One complete and continually filled undertaking with moments anyone would want to place a yellow stickie in time’s pages to remember and return to, again and again and again. In any small town, or big city for that matter, a million Jacks and Jills will saunter …

Working, Class

If you work for other people, do not be ashamed of this and do not ask for extra pay. Remember that your labor, when done in love for the goodness of others, is good for your spirit. This morning’s Tolstoy reading from his Wise Thoughts for Every Day is rather fascinating, …

The farrago of reading 

I’m inclined to perch myself in the camp that suggests reading today hasn’t declined so much as its been divested of the printed page. But don’t get me wrong: I privilege the printed page, but I’m no Luddite nor do I expect others to do as I do. Source: [Reviews] …

Derrida’s Quarrel with the Silent A

Put differently, différance, is a deferral with a difference, a putting off that is at the same time subject to change, or, as a later version of the essay puts it, “a sameness that is not identical.” Source: Derrida’s Quarrel: “La Différance” at 50 – Los Angeles Review of Books

Emissaries of the Past

I suffer from the delusion that time does not exist, or that we’re (I mean all of us) caught in some elaborate flux undone through contact and kindness. In this way, we are always the person we thought we were in the past. Right now, I am learning to look …

Some spiritual writings

ARTICLE Crescendo aubade ARTICLE Memorable leaves (Catapult) ARTICLE Inevitable (Catapult) FEATURE Failure and hope (Catapult) FEATURE Open heart (Catapult) FEATURE This must be the place (Catapult) ARTICLE Rumgumption (Catapult) ARTICLE Thin place (Catapult) This is a site I used to write occasional pieces for and it has since ceased publication …

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 …