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Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. Scribner, 2017. $26, 304 pages.
Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward has been called both “the heir to Faulkner” and “a failed poet.” The former comes from a glowing piece in Time magazine about Ward, and …1
We’re living in a golden age of
memoir said no one I ever knew.
Knew biblically. I read the Bible
every morning. Except this morning.
Though I consider my dog’s eyes a bible,
the cursive heart, the lemon tree,
Before you died, you delivered
five suitcases to the museum:
a strong man, sawdust,
78s, confetti, backup
wire and/or a lion.
You, the great artist, knew
what was just discard, but we do not.
We assume your art contains all…
You had been the last of the boys
to learn how to slaughter properly.
Said I would do it for you. To this,
you placed a warm palm against
my back and pushed me away.
Poised above the stained block, …
I return to St. Petersburg to meet Svidrigailov
In his room inside Crime & Punishment
Two hours before he places the revolver
To his right temple & pulls the trigger
After telling a stranger in a gray soldier’s coat
What kind of bird is that yapping now,
I ask through the window,
all city innocence,
and you tell me:
As for these birds tugging rubber
worms from the lawn,
or that tree, that immense rooted
After The Wind: 1996 Everest Tragedy, One Survivor’s Story, by Lou Kasischke, Good Hart Publishing, 2014, $25, 311 pages.
After The Wind is an autobiographical account of Lou Kasischke’s summit attempt of Mount Everest as part of the 1996 …0
If it’s the moon, call it the moon;
there’s no better way to say it.
But ask the child the color of the sky,
and he will say water, and that will also
be true. Ask what the bear …
now that the chief was dead
I ran the fiction board hands-down
two board members were present
a soft-spoken male
grad student & a young female undergraduate
“I’m going to read a story” I said “if you like
it raise …
Q: Did that horse catch fire in the lake?
A: Define fire.
Q: Did that horse or lake catch fire?
A: Define horse.
Q: Did that horse and lake catch fire simultaneously?
A: Define lake.
Q: Did that fire or …1