The latest news in the literature scene in Door County along with reviews, creative writing and news about The Hal Prize.
Every September, when driving down our road,
I see Mr. Charney’s sign: PLUMS FOR SALE.
Beyond it sit rows and rows
of little green dimpled cardboard boxes
bubbling with blue plums on a sawhorse table.
Mikhail Dodnik probably knew better than anyone else that Dalmatia was one of the most politically unstable nations in the world. It had changed governments no less than three times in 12 years.
On general principles I hate chickens. My impulse to hate chickens is a cosmic thing; cows poop nicely, chickens do not. Cow poop obeys gravity, least most of the time, chicken poop doesn’t.
The bright white sand beach did seem to stretch for miles in both directions from the wide wooden staircase as we had been told. Uncountable striped and solid color umbrellas gleamed in the intense sun with uncountable children running, shouting and splashing in the small waves.
American Life in Poetry: Column 231
This column originates on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and at the beginning of each semester, we see parents helping their children move into their dorm rooms and apartments and looking a little shaken by the process.
A Review: Damas, Dramas and Ana Ruiz
Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz
By Belinda Acosta
Grand Central Publishing, 2009
Once upon a time, your baby girl was a snuggly little sweetheart.
#17: In the Renaissance
There were no PCs in the Renaissance.
No Apples, iPods, Thinkpads, “cells.
Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Casey, Princess Siera awoke to bright sunlight streaming in through the window of her gold and white bedchamber.
American Life in Poetry: Column 230
It’s been sixty-odd years since I was in the elementary grades, but I clearly remember those first school days in early autumn, when summer was suddenly over and we were all perched in our little desks facing into the future.
Words on Water: A Ferryman’s Journal, Washington Island, WI By Richard Purinton Cross+Roads Press, 2009
Words on Water is a gem of a book authored by Richard (Dick) Purinton and published recently by Norb Blei’s Cross+Roads Press. The subtitle, “A Ferryman’s Journal, Washington Island, WI” is more instructive about the book’s contents than is the title.
Used Books Wanted for Book Sale at Marina Fest
Too many books on your bookshelf? Well, it’s almost time for the gigantic book sale at Marina Fest in Sister Bay, and donations of books, videos and CD’s are needed.
I am intrigued by spiders and other small beasties except when they choose to intrude upon my premises. Few tasks are as humbling, therefore ennobling, as the shelling of peas.
A Most Impressive Night in New York City
When she said she had accepted a job offer from Time Inc. at New York City headquarters, we gasped and clapped. She was graduating in June and was the first college graduate I knew, male or female, who already had a real job.
Franz Hindler owned a shoe repair shop over on Dickens Avenue just behind Steger’s grocery store. An enclosed porch to the west of the shop completed the two-story building and looked down on a small yard carefully arranged into an enchanting flower garden.
A late summer evening. The sun like a cheap drunk is sliding off of its high stool. The air has cooled and the vault of the sky hinting of a more cosmic realm, Venus in there trying to sprout.
American Life in Poetry: Column 228
I don’t often mention literary forms, but of this lovely poem by Cecilia Woloch I want to suggest that the form, a villanelle, which uses a pattern of repetition, adds to the enchantment I feel in reading it.
American Life in Poetry: Column 228
I don’t often mention literary forms, but of this lovely poem
by Cecilia Woloch I want to suggest that the form, a
villanelle, which uses a pattern of repetition, adds to the
enchantment I feel in reading it.
The annual Pulse Writer’s Exposé is just around the corner. As a way of looking forward, we look back to some poems by Shirley Smith Wilbert whose work has appeared from time to time on these pages.
American Life in Poetry: Column 227
Jane Hirshfield, a Californian and one of my favorite poets, writes beautiful image-centered poems of clarity and concision, which sometimes conclude with a sudden and surprising deepening.
A Review: Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports
Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports
By Fran Zimnuich
Taylor Trade, 2009
You probably heard your father say it when you were a babe in arms.