Gin and Root Beer

03. October 2013 here now 0
A poet, a friend of a friend on Facebook, is unemployed and living in his grandmother’s basement and writing The Unemployment Sonnets. For five dollars, you can commission a poem. My poem is entitled “Gin and Root Beer.” It is about striving and taste and ceiling fans. I lost the envelope already. All I have is a ...

Cocktails: Part II — Bacchus

29. July 2011 here now 1
Bacchus commands that everything be hard For him who abstains from wine, and Bacchus says The troubles that wear away our days are not Made easier by any other means. This is Horace, translated by David Ferry, on the god of wine. Dionysus: god of fertility, harvest, ecstasy, god of “personal delivery from the daily ...

from Husband and Wife, a novel by Leah Stewart

03. July 2011 here now 0
But poetry was poetry. Inhalation. Exhalation. An irresistible tautology. Look at me how you look at me. And at last, the external world gave way to the internal one. I sat in that café and wrote. I wrote quickly, in full conviction of the words’ necessity, their need to be arranged in just this way, ...

The N.A.C.C.O.P.A.

24. June 2011 here now 0
Nashville. I drink endless cups of coffee and read poetry and yes, listen to country. Earlier, H. was experimenting with an old Casio keyboard. Now, P. is downstairs learning songs to play on his guitar, at a wedding. The wedding is tomorrow. He learns fast. Harper is delighted by her grandparents’ undivided attention. They don’t ...