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Robert Gibb: A Paragraph for W. Eugene Smith

“The infinite mistake of Pittsburgh does not take from the fact that the set of photographs is among my finest.”

March 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: For Auden — Circling Toward Home

Art, you claimed: born of humiliation.
You knew that early & you had the gift
of double focus, of seeing the world
with more than one lens.

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Remembering V. S. Naipaul at the Dawn of a Dark Century

The November rain rat-tats, beads on the window. I scratch words, anxious birds on a yellow pad.   In your cottage in Wiltshire, perhaps you are writing. Your anguished Asiatic … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: River Dolphin of the Yangtze

We sailed on a river boat down the Yangtze twenty years ago—before the Three Gorges Dam   & the rising water lowered the mountains. That day the peaks shrouded with … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Tribal

Grandpa Joe was nearly born in steerage from Palermo, but landed in Texas.   He loved watching Jimmy Durante on TV. The Great Schnozzola, a man of his tribe.   … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Eight Notes on the Rain   

Kien waited for death, calmly recognizing             that it would be ugly and inelegant. -Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War   1 spring rain, like ether, daubs down memory, mutes … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Dramatic Monologue — Joseph Brodsky

We tap dance down the highway. There’s an exit. Who made me a pharoah? Dare I gesture — or reach for a cigarette?   Shouldn’t I be on the banks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Exile in Gorky

They gather close, melded, like titanium and iron, in an upholstered chair. Academician Sakharov, upright, Elena Bonner, leaning hard against him. Her face stained with foreboding. His eyes steady. Sakharov’s … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Flash

We must travel in the direction of our fear.                                                 -John Berryman   Eileen Simpson begins with his photo: clean-shaven, ascetic, but an impish grin. He’s holding a pipe. Dark … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

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