The Slant of Memory

A good poem can bequeath you one or two lines: such as these from Maxine Kumin’s Feeding Time:                Time which blows on the kettle’s rim                  Waits to carry us off.                 (Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief, 1992) I stand … Continued

The Painted Bird

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One of the strangest novels I’ve ever read. Yet as the small boy wanders from one grotesque encounter to another, uprooted and friendless in war-torn, peasant Poland, it is hard not to become fascinated, even obsessed with the bizarre horrors … Continued

Hemingway’s Mr. Death

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Margotlog: Hemingway’s Mr. Death      Hemingway courted death all his adult life, from severe wounds as an 18-yera-old ambulance driver in World War I, Italy, through his work as a journalist in the Spanish Civil War, to heroic journalism, winning … Continued