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There are many reasons that knowing other languages enriches our lives. I would go into them, but we all know you, dear readers, are here for poetry and not for musings on multilingualism.  That said, speaking, or reading more than one language is the best thing that could happen to a poet whose muses have […]

My Poetry Sweet Tooth

In a 2001 interview with The Smithsonian, Julia Child, whose kitchen was being packed up to be shipped to the museum, said to the curators of what would eventually be her exhibit, “If we could just have the kitchen and the bedroom, that would be all we need.” I know it amounts to heresy in some […]

Des Moines Iowa

Hitchhiking Prompt

The photo (left) was made on a 1974 hitch to Des Moines, Iowa from NYC. This is a nod to get you started on a short run, or a quick word hike — the subject being your personal experiences with hitchhiking. I’m looking for short, sharp, vivid takes — well-writ experiential souvenirs from the thumb’d road. You may have hitched a lot […]

Bishop Bill Swing

An Author’s Quest

On a visit to his alma mater Kenyon College, Bishop Bill Swing discusses his new book, A Bishop’s Quest, which is both an adventure story and the creation story of United Religions Initiative (uri.org). “During the twenty-seven years that I served as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, I started on an audacious […]

Buzzing the NYC Book Hive

Manhattan sun-dappled our visit. London Plane trees flapping their leaves in bright cool sunlight. The scene behind the main branch NYC Library in Bryant Park was magnificent — a corridor of bright-broken shadows. We sat and talked, took it all in. Amazing to find these islands of calm on this frenzied island. Did you know there […]

When Readers Return

Publishing other people has been a twenty-plus-year avocation. Along the way, McFarland published my baseball memoir, Bushville, and I had the fundamental joy of holding my book for the first time. Since then, I’ve published others, not myself, because I get a real rush in the repeated engagement with others’ work—in all the thousands of […]