Monthly Archives: January 2017

Renga for Obama

The Harvard Review is hosting a celebratory “Renga for Obama” on the conclusion of our 44th president’s second term.  A renga is a Japanese collaborative form consisting of linked stanzas composed in pairs.  A new pair of stanzas appears each day—a traditional haiku(which … Continue reading

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I hope that infected cat bite is clearing up okay, Randall.

And I’m glad the kitten is safe!  

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Poem for January: “Egg”

As I’ve mentioned, most of the poems in Unfinished City began as responses to the parashot, the weekly portions into which Jews divide the first five books of the Bible.  It’s easy to see where some of them came from—the … Continue reading

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“Walt you contain enough, why don’t you let it out then?”

On the morning of New Year’s Day, I drove out to Newbury Park to pick up my daughter from a friend’s house.  (I passed the Newbury Park library branch, which was closed, of course, but noticed that it looks like a … Continue reading

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