Journal

Dear America, It’s Time to Grow Up

One day in late April, when The Mask Wars were just beginning, my daughter and I went for a walk in our park. Just as we were turning into our…

Journal

How To Pee By The Side of the Road

Well. I was alerted by my friend Kris that someone googled this term and found my blog post from 2013. Advice for today’s Pandemic traveler! You might thank me for…

Journal

Nerissa’s Pandemic Diary, Day 1 or Maybe Day 11

I haven’t been posting because every time I have something to say, the world changes to make my insight obsolete. We don’t know what is going to happen, how long…

Journal

Authority, or What The Democrats Have to Do with the Structural Problems of Novel-Writing

I am working on what is perhaps my fortieth draft of The Big idea. Maybe the fifty-fifth. I have lost count. Recently, I received feedback from two excellent writers who…

Journal

In Praise of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

Last night, we braved the ice storm to watch the gorgeous adaptation of my all-time favorite childhood book, Little Women. My whole family piled in the van, representing three generations…

Journal

God is Tired

It takes courage toRead the newspapers. Each monthMore bad news about Our failure to quitFossil fuels and buying cheapStuff that will end up On a barge at seaPoisoning the oceans…

Journal

Dolly for President

I pin my hopes daily on the polls, which is a terrible idea in all cases. There is no justice in the wind. There is no sense in the data,…

Journal

Why I Rewrote “Alfred Hitchcock”

Last Friday, right before my Kali retreat, I took a news break to plunge into writing these 30 poems for November, and starting my new novel. I had the company…

Poems

Poem #4 When I Was a Servant

When I was a servant In a house from which I could not escape, My jailer was another servant My identical twin, as it turned out Though I could always…