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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Poems

Poem #3 Alfred Hitchcock #metoo

What’s it all about, Alfred Hitchcock?Why did you ruin my love for you?But was it actually you that I loved? Or what you disseminatedOn the virgin celluloid? (Woody Allen, #youtoo.)…

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Poem #2 Nov. 2

It’s only in the car that weSlow down enough to focusOn every tree that’s changingDriving fast enough to noticeThat the two of us are agingWinging towards our destinationThough it’s not…

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Poem #1 For November 2019

I am not the one who works all the timeIgnores her kidsChecks her feedObsesses about the impeachment newsThe purple state polls I am not the one whose body bends at…