Strict Diet

Strict Diet by J. Crews Though the doctors said no salt, salt was all my father craved. His body bloated, skin water-logged and gray, still he wanted potato chips, honey-baked ham, greasy slabs of Polish sausage from Piekutowski’s. He begged for pepperoni pizza, garlic butter, ribs slathered in sauce. But when I did the shopping, […]

Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute

Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute NEW YORK — At an all-star tribute to poetry on Wednesday, Meryl Streep was thinking about her family. The Oscar-winning actress sang a lullaby she learned from her mother; read a Gary Snyder poem she had heard about from her sister-in-law, actress Maeve Kinkead; and recited […]

Lorna Goodison First Female Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Lorna Goodison First Female Poet Laureate of Jamaica Poet Lorna Goodison will step into the role of Jamaica’s second official Poet Laureate becoming the first Jamaican woman appointed to the post. Goodison picks up the mantle from Professor Mervyn Morris, who was the first Poet Laureate of Jamaica appointed by the government. Goodison, who has […]

Writers Resist: Hundreds to attend pre-inauguration protests

Large numbers of people are expected to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, but many others won’t wait that long. On Jan. 15, hundreds of writers and artists will gather at more than 50 events across the country and abroad — on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday — to “re-inaugurate” democracy, in […]

Where Did It Go?

Where Did It Go? by Jeff Dutko Where did it go? The salt of the city that seasoned our conversations and spiked our efforts with exuberance This earthen city, now plain and dry left with only the equivalent of a few hundred nocturnal poems that crawl out of the earth like worms, only in the […]

Here & Then There

Here & Then There by Noah Gordon From a built-in radio came the call: “Please do not feed the sand-pipers or the grazing mares. Their bluffs are well-stocked and maintained by professionals.” I reached for her hand and we descended into the deep meadow. Gulls from Lisbon had all but claimed this area for their […]


11:11 by Frank Scarangello She visits at 11:11 sometimes a.m. mostly p A sudden haunting urges me to look at a clock which must be digital. Dropping by for just a moment only at 11:11 the time, our private denouement I look around and know she’s here. I’m standing in an empty room aware that […]