Over the song, for the first time in three days, we can’t hear the beeping of Q’s monitors. I slip my hands in his back pockets and rest my cheek on his neck. As we spin, medical wires wrap around us like seaweed....more
A helpful trick can be to picture feminine words (pumpkin latte, duvet cover) as butterflies. Soft, delicate, hard to catch, and useless except near flowers. Masculine words are more like knives....more
Donald believes the earth is round, he does, and that it spins on its axis and revolves around the sun. No doubt. He just prefers the old rectangular tales with their sharp borders and precipitous ends....more
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When I read one of Kaveh Akbar’s poems, I often find myself entranced by the beauty of his lines and marveling at how both the lines and the poems contain incredible strength in seeming delicacy. They’re like spider webs in that way. But unlike an insect struggling to break free of certain doom, I find myself wanting to wrap myself in further and drink in these poems.
My favorite creative works evidence a culling, nothing extraneous to cloud the experience. Minimalist paintings (Agnes Martin! Mark Rothko!), black box theater, and compressed prose have always resonated with me. I don’t think this comes down to aesthetics, but rather my appreciation for precision, and the idea that for a work to truly sing, there must be a space left for the audience. When reading Peg Alford Pursell’s book, Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow I felt invited to participate and knew that my own sensibilities and history would become part of the reading. (more…)
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