I messed up

Today I read the work of poet Matt Hart for the first time, prompted by an article in the Huffington Post.  The article is a winding defense of contemporary American poetry. No doubt a valiant and valuable cause, but one whose defense could have used the help of an editor friend. Regardless, the article is […]

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Former Head of Security

  The Major did not chat but with a kiss on the cheek marked each daily encounter.   Surely, we wondered if his temper made us safer: motorcycles, rural landing strips, Putumayo.   Charged as guard of a Colombian Vice-President, a needless Doberman where a Labrador could have barked.   The Major spoke into his speech, […]

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Somewhere, it’s pool time

  While getting Lady Chatterley’s Lover for a friend’s birthday, I found a thin book on David Hockney and couldn’t resist. Thin art books are great because there is a much better chance that you will actually read them. This one is by Peter Clothier, from the Abbeville Modern Masters collection. Above is a nimble […]

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Mishima weather

  The weather today in Bogotá, Colombia reminded me of Yukio Mishima writing about sailors and the sea. So, here is a beautifully nostalgic passage from his book The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea and a picture of Bogotá’s overhanging sky. Related articles Barb on on The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the […]

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