A Little History: The Deeply Personal as Political

(This essay was recently published in Zen Monster.) (download pdf for best formatting) A Little History: The Deeply Personal as Political (Some notes on a book by Ammiel Alcalay) There were two events in the mid 90s which really opened my eyes to the power of poetry....

Brenda Hillman at Open Books, Sunday 10.27.13

Brenda Hillman reads at Open Books tomorrow at 3p and I first met her at Open Books in 2010, I think it was. She has just completed her tetralogy of meditations on the elements, ending up with Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. I had the good fortune to facilitate a...

93. The Fog Wet Web

Who could resist the term meteorologist Cliff Mass is using for this deeply socked-in fog situation we find ourselves cutting through here in Seattle? Fogmageddon. Not me. Combine that with the beauty which seems to stand out in the fog around here AND other current...

More on Spring & All

Open Books: Poetry in Conversation, No. 1 (pdf) I’d meant to write a blog post about the first in what promises to be a very interesting series of discussions about books of modern poetry at Seattle’s all poetry bookstore, Open Books: A Poem Emporium in the...

ACLU, Javier Sicilia Event

As a parent of two healthy, intelligent and beautiful daughters, I would not want to imagine the pain of having to bury one of them. I am honored to be a part of an ACLU event  Saturday night which features a poet from Mexico who lost his own son to the drug violence...