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Chasing Zephyr

Some parents use television sets as a babysitter. My mother used books. Some stolen seconds between changing the baby’s diaper and washing the laundry and scrubbing the toilet and fixing the dinner and sweeping the floors, folding clothes, and mopping, … Continue reading

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Reading Abelard’s Letters

I stumbled across a copy of The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse stuffed on a bookshelf in a closet in the house where I had been living over a decade. I did not buy it. It was not mine. I … Continue reading

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Book Burning

A crewcut child In short pants and Buster Browns, Holding Granddad’s hand, Climbs from the musty interior Of the black ’57 Chevy With plastic-covered seats, Climbs a short flight of cement steps And passes through wooden doors Into the hallowed, … Continue reading

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World-Losers and World-Forsakers

One of my circles of friends pivots around a fortnightly gathering of poetry aficionados. Held Friday nights in the lower-level apartment of the host couple, the gathering is informally called the Poetry Cellar. Unlike the open mics I attend Wednesday … Continue reading

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“Blue Highways” Review

This is my Goodreads review of William Least Heat-Moon’s 1982 book Blue Highways: A coworker once told me, Route 60 starts as Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach and it runs all the way to Los Angeles. If you can’t find … Continue reading

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