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Michael Simms: Blue Notes

I think of Fats Waller whose left hand leaped down the keys, showing the path for every jazz pianist who followed, including the great Art Tatum and the minor Billy Joel.

November 28, 2020 · 11 Comments

Riad Saleh Hussein: The Bad Guy

And the woman said to me:
You hallucinate too much
The names of fish and seaweeds
You open the kingdom of your brain day and night for the lost caravans of gypsies

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fay Bound Alberti: One is the loneliest number

The history of a Western problem ‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says, … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Sylvia Plath: Morning Song

Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: The Mirrors of Ingmar Bergman, narrated with the poetry of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was a fan of Ingmar Bergman’s work. She was inspired by the mood and imagery of the films, and she based her poem “Three Women” on Bergman’s film … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Adrian Blevins: Word Gluttons and Rhythm Sluts, Book Letches and Paragraph Drunks — The Magic of Metaphor

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.                  –Pablo Picasso With your permission I’d like to take a few minutes … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sylvia Plath Reads “Ariel”

Sylvia Plath reads “Ariel”              

February 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Sylvia Plath reads “Daddy”

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sylvia Plath Reads “Lady Lazarus”

January 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

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