The Novel as History: An essay on the book Homer and Langley by E L Doctorow

Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow

The novel Homer and Langley is part history and part fiction: a distinction without a difference within its pages. Doctorow has gained a reputation for taking considerable liberties with recorded …{read more}

Keeping the Darkness Out

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How fast the sun arrives
And disappears, its arc

Belongs to yesterday
As whiskey and cigarettes

Future forward.
The night turns to lust

To keep the darkness out.
We are …{read more}

ABUSED LETTERS OF HOPE

rain girl

Dedicated to you…

I was born to loop my balmy
dreams to your bleeding verses
born to shout your childhood fads
lost in a mute hell in front of everybody …{read more}

THE END OF THE WORLD THROUGH A FISH BOWL

Sam Silva - THE END OF THE WORLD THROUGH A FISH BOWL

In summer time
I am an air conditioned icicle
…in winter, the steam which haunts the house.

I will not go into the grocery store with you Rachel
…I will …{read more}

3 poems by Dennis Mahagin

digital collage by D.Enck

Doc Williams’ 12-Step Blues

so much, depending

on a frayed
flannel shirt
with sleeves whacked
off, burn marks, buttoned
lopsided, sending

prayers and good thoughts
over the AA meeting

gleaming …{read more}

6 short poems by Sparrow

Sunrise, courtesy http://www.sxc.hu/profile/jcash

Shrug

I shrug
when I’d

rather
scream.

Overheard on the Subway

“Bedbugs make me horny.”

Car

A lone car on Route 28
at 5:22 AM – leaving the
night shift? …{read more}

Present Consumption

Photo credit: pipp - http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=324302

The time of now is the present of madness
Quoted everyone who ever lived in a time.
The walls of today are streaked, obfuscated windows and dog doors nailed shut. …{read more}

Free Speech Cantos

Walt Whitman 2 - collage by D. Raphael

Free Speech Canto XXVI

Banned in Boston
constitutes an epic of censorship
A few excerpts from that epic:


A private morality police was formed

(giving away its religious base
with  ...{read more}

Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War…” as Objectivist Ars Poetica

photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179931106

This essay is dedicated to Charles Bernstein

A poem I keep coming back to again and again is Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War, I Was Going Home One …{read more}

6 poems by Bradford Middleton

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradfordcoy/2955452287/ brad.coy cc by

BORED AND ALONE

This life of mine has become trapped
In the lacklustre slow lane of a side road
Labelled no turning back from here
With no sign of hope …{read more}