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Video: Final Offer

. Directed by Mark Slutsky. Commissioned by Gunpowder & Sky for their sci-fi channel DUST. Featuring Anna Hopkins and Aaron Abrams. A down-on-his-luck lawyer wakes up in a doorless room … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Blurbing Jose

Note: I was thrilled to be invited to write a blurb for Jose Padua’s first book A Short History of Monsters which was selected by Billy Collins as the winner of the … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · 10 Comments

Adrie Kusserow: Anthropocene Lullaby

OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA Gone, Gone Beyond, Completely Beyond, Gone Beyond Gone . Hush humans, you can finally let it all go, the Anthropocene, Technocene, Thermocene Capitalocene, … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · 21 Comments

Al Maginnes: Journalism 101

A friend stops me in the headache-dim flouresence of the hall that houses our little hive of offices to say she liked a record review I wrote for a website … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Cauliflower Soup

  I try and get it right,  how she loves the cauliflower soup  in that little Italian place uptown  with dark red walls and the grumpy old maitre d’  with … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: The New York Public Library’s Collection of Weird Objects

. A lock of Walt Whitman’s hair, Jack Kerouac’s boots, and Virginia Woolf’s cane are just a few of the items of literary paraphernalia available at the New York Public … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tales of the Holy Man

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Freedom Ballet AM:PM

. A day and a night in a couple’s life are represented in wildly surrealistic dance numbers. From Gordienko Production. Created by Konstantin Gordienko Camera: Yevgeniy Sakhno Email subscribers may … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bart Plantenga: Jose Padua’s Poems — Where The Length Of The Titles Are, If Not Everything, At Least Something To Amuse Or Amaze

There’s no disputing it: Jose Padua writes some of the most meaningful poems being written today about today. They are DIY soulful and this is especially important in a world … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: United

When sleepless, it’s helpful to meditate on mottoes of the states. South Carolina, “While I breathe I hope.”  Perhaps this could be the new flag on the empty flagpole. Or … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 6 Comments

Video: Death Metal Grandma

. Death Metal Grandma follows the story of 96 year old Holocaust survivor, former WW2 spy and famous songwriter Inge Ginsberg as she decides to pursue a new career: Death … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Carrying a Sign

Leaves on the wind circle in the air Like emissaries from another world Frantic warnings No one heeds them, they Push toward their usual destinations With their everyday faces   … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Philip F. Clark: The Day I Became a Papi Chulo

It was my usual walk from work, in suit and tie, tired from the day. I approached the ballpark. They came toward me, laughing—a gang of about five energized, jeering, … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

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