Tape and other poems

Lately, I have been writing more poetry than prose. Working at the National Humanities Center, I had the opportunity to meet and be influenced by some extraordinary poets, like Piotr Sommer, Mary Kinze, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis. In the years … Continue reading

Rachel Blau Duplessis

Over the 2008-2009 academic year, I got to work with Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Rachel is a feminist poet, literary critic, and editor of some great collections of modern poetry. A prolific writer and deeply interested in the avant garde movement … Continue reading

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain My rating: 4 of 5 stars Much is made, from a critical perspective, of the improbability of a young white boy from 1840s Missouri learning to respect a black man as his … Continue reading

The Dead Women of Juárez, by Robert Andrew Powell

The Dead Women of Juárez by Robert Andrew Powell My rating: 2 of 5 stars Once I had the patience to figure out how to strip the DRM from a Kindle Single so that I can read long-form journalism on … Continue reading

Goodreads

I have always felt pressure to find good books to read because everything in life takes on more importance when I am reading a finely woven piece of literature. I don’t know that I have actually had trouble identifying good … Continue reading

PennSound

Poets are social critics by default. That is, since not very many of us take the same care to craft our daily language that poets do, poets often are (or see themselves as) outsiders. And as outsiders, many poets are … Continue reading

a special place in hell for bike thieves

“A Special Place in Hell for Bike Thieves” Phillip Barron published in Urban Velo, Issue 8 (download the whole issue or read it online) A neighbor recently posted a note to the neighborhood listserv that his daughter’s bike was stolen. … Continue reading

SSpots of Time

Phillip Barron Originally published by BikeReader. Sweet are those moments when all your skills converge and you clear a technical section with more grace than you thought possible. That’s what I call flow. Others call it groovin’ or dialed-in. “’Spots … Continue reading