Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012): For The Dead

I dreamed I called you on the telephone
to say: Be kinder to yourself
but you were sick and would not answer

The waste of my love goes on this way
trying to save you from yourself

I have always wondered about the left-over
energy, the way water goes rushing down a hill
long after the rains have stopped

or the fire you want to go to bed from
but cannot leave, burning-down but not burnt-down
the red coals more extreme, more curious
in their flashing and dying
than you wish they were
sitting long after midnight

An apposite poem at the time of her passing via
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book review: Left-Handed: Poems by Jonathan Galassi

In my New York Journal of Books review I compare Jonathan Galassi’s new book Left-Handed: Poems to the movie Beginners and recommend it “to all poetry lovers and to all readers who find they must radically change their lives in order to live more authentically.” via the late
"Left-Handed: Poems" book cover

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Gene Ring via

My dad's ancestors immigrated to the USA from Lithuania, my mom's from Belarus, and my DNA most closely resembles that of people from Poland:

Your Top 10 Genetic Matches:
1. Poland
2. Hungary
3. Ireland
4. Spain
5. Macedonia
6. Slovenia
7. Brazil
8. Belarus
9. Croatia
10. Pakistan

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Book review: I Hadn't Understood

Will Europa Editions’ newly published English translation of Italian writer Diego De Silva‘s comic novel I Hadn’t Understood appeal to Jewish New Yorkers? In my New York Journal of Books review I compare Mr. De Silva’s sense of humor to those of Woody Allen and Philip Roth. Read the review and then the book and decide for yourself.via the late