Tag Archives: Catskills

Searching For My Bumper Sticker

(Over the years I’ve published various poems and essays in Chronogram magazine. This one remains my favorite.) Searching For My Bumper Sticker I grew up in a suburban family with a lively sense of bumper stickers. First the Rambler, then … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln as the Catskill Eagle

“Embedded in the narrative of Moby-Dick is a metaphysical blueprint of the United States. Melville fills the book with telling similes and metaphors that allow a story set almost entirely at sea to evoke the look and feel of America … Continue reading

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In Praise of “The Effort to Hold Light” by Guy Reed

Every day before lunchtime, the boxy white mail van pulls up for a moment to the mail box across the road. Upstairs in my bathrobe at my computer with a window view of the road I’m tempted to interrupt whatever … Continue reading

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Love in the City of Grudges, Reviewed by Bruce Weber

(Here’s Bruce Weber’s review from the Winter 2011/2012 issue of Home Planet News. Thanks, Bruce!) Will Nixon’s second book of poetry, Love in the City of Grudges, returns to the fertile, dysfunctional family territory of his first collection My Late … Continue reading

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A Poem About a Bear (and Me) by Philip Pardi

When I heard Philip Pardi read this poem aloud, I was taken aback because 1) it was dedicated to me 2) it was so good 3) it nailed me as a bear wannabe. During my five years in a log … Continue reading

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Have you met Artemisia Cavelli? by Djelloul Marbrook

(Djelloul Marbrook and I share a getaway spot: the Starbucks in the Kingston mall strip. I go for a break from my writing to sip a frothy latte and read the paper. He sets up his laptop and gets to … Continue reading

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A Bear Attack, by Judith McCombs

I don’t share the primal fear of being eaten by a bear. That became abundantly clear halfway through an advance screening of Grizzly Man at the American Museum of Natural History. From the start of this documentary, we know that … Continue reading

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Michael Czarnecki, Chinese Poet

Where to begin? Perhaps with the publication of Robert Milby’s book, Ophelia’s Offspring, which set to page the declamatory poems inspired by Baudelaire, Shelley, Tom Waits, and doomed Romantics everywhere that Robert delivers night after night in the coffee houses … Continue reading

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Susan Deer Cloud wins a NYFA

My friend, the big hearted Susan Deer Cloud, has just won a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) grant, sending a much needed $7,000 her way. Though she lives in Binghamton, she returns often in her poetry to her … Continue reading

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From Slabsides to Gowanus

The old adage holds true: to meet interesting people, go to interesting places. On the front porch of Slabsides, John Burroughs’s rustic writing cottage that still sports bark on its logs, I met James Walsh at an open house in … Continue reading

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