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Dead or Alive: My Top Ten List of Outsiders Making a Difference

Photograph: “Outsider” by Chrissy Wainwright. Taken on July 26, 2006. Flickr Creative Commons License. As reported in the  The Washington Post on May 13th, 2017 by Callum Borchers, Trump deemed himself an “outsider” in his commencement speech at Liberty University: “Being an outsider is fine,” Trump said. “Embrace the label because it’s the outsiders who change … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / criticism / Imogen Cunningham / Photography / poetry / reading / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / Writing

Body Talk: Poetic Space in Imogen Cunningham’s Triangles, 1928

A friend once told me there are three sides to every story. *** If three is a number of unity then why are the nocturnal arcs of her body far more connective to me than angles? Her body receives light with subtle gradations yet provides an unending Rothko depth. I too am soft, but not … Continue reading

Dale Peterson / Elephants / Pachyderms / Susan Nance / Uncategorized

Riding the Pachyderm: Reconsidering a Childhood Memory

Photographs in slide show taken by Irene Stalaboin, Circus World, Florida, 1976. When I was very small, maybe three or four, my memé and pepé took me on my first trip to Florida. While there we hit the trifecta: Walt Disney World, Sea World and Circus World. I like to think I can recall this … Continue reading

Music / Periodical / SPIN / Uncategorized

From the Archive: Spin Magazine, Volume One Number Nine, January 1986

SPIN Complete Covers Gallery. SPIN Magazine. Cover story #1: Debbie Harry Exclusive Interview Cover story #2: The 10th Anniversary of Punk Favorite advert #1: “Hot Bodies Need Hot Cassettes.”  Copyright 1985 TDK Electronics Corp. In Flash edited by Scott Cohen and Glenn O’Brien: “Chuck Chill-Out and Red Alert sound like a new ground-meat dish and an … Continue reading

Art / Essay / Grief / Lovers / Photography / Sadness / Susan Sontag / Uncategorized

On Sadness

Nude Woman and Grief by x1klima CEMETERIE, Engesohde, Hannover, Germany,Sony a7R, Sonar FE 55mm F1.8 ZA. Flickr. Creative Commons License.  The cab arrived shortly after 10:30 PM. I’ve never seen an airport so desolate. The security checkpoint does not open until midnight. I sit on my duffel bag, knees questioning the ceiling; for a moment I consider … Continue reading

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Essay Published at Gravel Lit Magazine; Pushcart Nomination(!!) Damfino Press

Good morning! I am super excited and grateful to the editors and staff at Gravel Lit Magazine for publishing my essay “A Trip to Skull Island with the Circus Animals.”  Thank you so much– this particular piece was originally drafted and developed when I had the great opportunity as a Boston Writing Project Fellow. I hope … Continue reading

Photography / Sally Mann / Uncategorized

Making Eye Contact: Revisiting Two Subjects in Sally Mann’s At Twelve, Portraits of Young Women (Aperture, 1988)

For a period of time I stopped looking at Sally Mann’s At Twelve, Portraits of Young Women (Aperture, 1988). My avoidance of Mann’s work did not come easy. After years of staring back at these young women, girls really, my emotional reactivity was sorrowful with a heavy desire to save them all when I could not save … Continue reading

Best American Poetry Blog / Poetry / Stephanie Brown / Uncategorized

Guest Blogger on Best American Poetry Blog!

I am very excited to announce that I am guest blogging this week at Best American Poetry Blog.   Today’s post is the first installment in a three-part interview with poet Stephanie Brown.  Later this week I am blogging about her poem, “Stacks.”  I hope you’ll consider checking it out! If you have not done so, you … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / Dean Burnett / Diane Ackerman / Discover Magazine / discussion / Essay / Kissing / Literature / Lovers / Sensuality / Sheril Kirshenbaum / The Guardian / Touch / Uncategorized / William Shakespeare

On Kissing: A Brief Inquiry On a Cherished Diversion

What is a kiss? Is a kiss a mere peck on the cheek or lips, or the sensuous nature of  parted mouths waiting to accept each others physical discourse? Perhaps a kiss is defined by the mouth touching any part of human skin, sheltering one spot with warmth and tenderness inducing excessive flutters in the … Continue reading