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What’s a Genius to Do?

It’s been said of Picasso: “At the age of sixteen, he produced two paintings which were of academic perfection…. So what do you do with your life if you’re producing academically perfect works at the age of sixteen? 633 more words


Home After Three Months Away

Over the past year or so I feel like I’ve lost a sense of where ‘home’ really is, in some ways. I embarked on an accidental gap year, with no savings and no real idea of what I was going to do for twelve months. 836 more words

What I did not tweet from Poetry by the Sea

Almost passed out during Claire Rossini’s poem about dissecting an albino squirrel

What percentage of poets would absolutely love their reading to knock an audience member unconscious? 205 more words

Bookish Links -- April 2017


Michael Dirda At The Washington Post: 'Kay Redfield Jamison Puts Robert Lowell On The Couch In An Exhilarating Biography'

Review here.

‘Jamison concludes that great poetry even justifies the humiliation he consciously inflicted on Hardwick by printing her anguished private letters in “The Dolphin.” As Elizabeth Bishop angrily told him, “Art just isn’t worth that much.”

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Public Debate

Ardent Temperments...An Unquiet Mind and Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire (Kay Redfield Jamison)


“My son hears voices telling him to kill me,” I desperately confided.

“Well,” said his therapist, “don’t take it personally.


They mutter under their breaths; they sing on street corners. 1,105 more words

Mental Illnes