February 24, 2023

8 Tips for Writers from Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most important American writers of the 20th Century. His classic novels include Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse Five, the sorta-autobiographical tale of the Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945.… Continue Reading

February 24, 2023

“Untitled” — the only poem by Clarice Lispector

Untitled Behind the bite of your badly trimmed beardThere is the sweetness of your tongueMy manAnd behind the rugged callous hands on my bare skinThere is the languor of your soulAnd the weight of your… Continue Reading

February 17, 2023

David Bowie’s 100 Must-Read Books

David Bowie's 100 Must-Read Books When rock star David Bowie went on tour he often traveled with a mobile library of around 1,500 books. Known as a voracious reader, it's reported that he often devoured… Continue Reading

February 17, 2023

“I Explain a Few Things” by Pablo Neruda

I Explain a Few Things You will ask: ‘And where are the lilacs?And the metaphysics covered with poppies?And the rain that often beat downfilling its wordswith holes and birds.’ To you I am going to… Continue Reading

February 10, 2023

I have never seen “Volcanoes” — by Emily Dickinson

I have never seen "Volcanoes" I have never seen “Volcanoes” —But, when Travellers tellHow those old — phlegmatic mountainsUsually so still — Bear within — appalling Ordnance,Fire, and smoke, and gun,Taking Villages for breakfast,And appalling… Continue Reading

February 3, 2023

“Finish Every Day & Be Done With It” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The American poet and abolitionist Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered a leading light in the Transcendentalist movement of mid-19th Century. In April of 1854, Emerson wrote a letter to his daughter Ellen (who was 15)… Continue Reading

February 3, 2023

“White Trees” by Nathalie Handal

White Trees When the white trees are no longer in sightthey are telling us something,like the body that undresseswhen someone is around,like the woman who wantsto read what her nude curvesare trying to say,of what… Continue Reading