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Old dogs and a hardwood kayak.
A woman wipes her boning knives on oilstone skin.
The occasional outburst of undress.
The animal of her ankles.
Lean out toward your daughter, shutters open
A black bag wraps the night …3
The black-and-white photograph accompanying Quetsch’s obituary might just as likely have been taken years before or after I worked for him. I never knew him as anything but old and can’t imagine him otherwise. Yet the fact that he could …0
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. $27.00, 312 pages.
Jeff Speck is a city planner in Washington, DC, a prominent leader in the New Urbanism movement, …1
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
One year after a segregated air force
discharged my father, honest and faithful
service completed, he married my mother.
No shotguns or dishonor, just doing right,
onlookers all bearing witness with one eye
open. So many of the flames in …
Once there was a flock of birds, perhaps white owls, but their wings were tinted when they crossed the beacon which warned pilots of the stones of Suzerain. A hearth was built on the small beach, between the ice and …3
Contents May Have Shifted, by Pam Houston. Norton, 2012. $25.95, 303 pages.
I have been reading a lot of contemporary literature lately about helpless women. Women trapped in unhappy marriages, women in psych wards, women exploring their sexuality to …1
The David Foster Wallace Reader, Little, Brown & Co., 2014. $35.00, 976 pages.
I’ve been on the fence about writing a review of The David Foster Wallace Reader since I received my copy in the mail. I’m fascinated by …0
American Busboy, by Matthew Guenette. The University of Akron Press, 2011. $14.95, 64 pages.
American Busboy is an edgy take on the highs and lows of thankless work. Matthew Guenette dives deep into the service industry, unearthing the strange dynamics created …2
Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors, by Jeanne E. Arnold, et al. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2012. $24.95, 180 pages.
A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor. Viking, 2011. $30, …3