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Did you know Springsteen sings on Lou Reed’s Street Hassle?

Well hey(man), that’s just a lie, It’s a lie she tells her friends. Cause the real song, the real song she won’t even admit to herself…  It’s a sad song it’s a song lots of people know. It’s a painful … Continue reading

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Not Selling Out but Cashing In

Advancing in years has been good for me. As if truth has been an amalgamation of experience, and at last I see reality — It doesn’t hurt to be on the non-commercial side of writing, and finally have a commercial … Continue reading

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Eden Sank to Grief

What can I say? Mary died. Happy Mary. So did Molly. Molly dressed up in fine clothes and shot herself with a gun she had bought at a local store. It was a curated death — like Kleist’s death with … Continue reading

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God, violence, trees….

New work: “I do not love you,” he finally  said, this boy I had met only once, “except because I love you. I go from loving you to not loving you. I hate you no end.” He was quoting Pablo … Continue reading

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It does not escape me

that most of what I read now seems empty. Empty by those under the age of forty because they are just kids, empty under the age of fifty because they still don’t know — we know nothing at all until … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Paul

Of course, I don’t know how Paul thinks when he is alone, or even in company. I can only tell how he acts. And how Peggi acts. Which is as if everything is of interest. Which is as if a … Continue reading

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I Love Louise

The strangest thing about the brain is the way it remembers, or doesn’t. As in this party, in 2004, with my closest friends, Margaret and Kim. I remember it, surely; it was a great occasion. And yet it seems eons … Continue reading

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Everywhere you turn is luck

Good news is when you’ll be teaching American Literature at a university in the fall. Even better is when you can do a section on Louise Gluck: some lines of hers: I think it would have been better to love … Continue reading

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From “Blood Is Blood” 1992, releasing again in 2021

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Prove it to me

Once I had a friend who sat for days on the white stone steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, finally going in to pray. Her prayer was for Jesus to show her his love — or more precisely, to … Continue reading

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