THE FALL OF BIRDS IN WINTER

my stay at hospital It sounds, you know, a lot like Baby— that Arkansas town where the miracle arrived: three thousand red-winged blackbirds, dead, dropped from the sky, blind, in the dead of night: austere, the mystery of location, dislocation, sacrifice. How did this happen? What brought these rubied pilots, dressed in black, irresistibly to […]

NEDA

One hand, palm up, won’t recapture the other, her spilt blood pale as water. Eyes vanish like a line of Basij attack— eyes cold as glass against the storm. We still hear the echo of her voice (Neda, you know, is Farsi for voice), and we imagine its becoming a wind that will pity all […]

BEAST OF EDEN: TENNYSON’S “LANCELOT AND ELAINE”

The following slightly revises an essay of mine that originally appeared in the C[ollege]L[anguage]A[ssociation] Journal, Vol. XXVII, No. 3 (March 1984). While I incorporate some of the documentation into the body of the revised version below, most of the documentation has been deleted; of course, you can consult the essay’s published incarnation for the full […]

PETER LEVITT’S WITHIN WITHIN

A benefit of this blog is that it has reunited me with Peter Levitt, a fellow poet and friend from my Buffalo days when, students, we were both writing up a storm, Peter, already with considerably greater gifts, including the wholly natural one of his spirited “voice,” which has grown more mature over the past […]