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Poem
Dec.12.2012
Poetry International 2012
 i brightness This summer birds fly out from the top branches of a tree             outside the window, dancers running out from the wings, & a tree that was dying for years of an unknown disease             proffers its fruit again – small, hard...
Article
Dec.14.2011
Boston Review
A review of Irena Grudzinska Gross's book on Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky: Fellowship of Poets
Poem
Apr.20.2011
TriQuarterly
Benjamin Fondane (1898-1944)  From Mal des fantômes (Ghost Sickness)   Is there nothing that can quench us? A little snow on the lips of the stars, a little death given in a kiss?   Myself in all this – Who? – Myself? Fondane, Benjamin – the navigator whose feet measure verse and earth   and the vast whirlwind of dead men bent over their papers. World’s end will...
Poem
Apr.20.2011
California Northern
Drought The rain has come, too late to help. An ironic rain.   On the corner of a wet street stands a man.   He’ll work for three, will work for two, will work for you.   Hums in the rain that came too late an ironic tune.   A house is closed on every street and rain has come.   Men on a corner wait for a job. A car pulls up.   A man leans out: Dollar an hour,...
Article
Apr.20.2011
Boston Review
Before History Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 Harry Clifton Wake Forest University Press, $15.95 (paper) When the Irish poet Harry Clifton won the prestigious Irish Times/Poetry Now Award for his magnum opus Secular Eden in 2008, Colm Toibin called him “one of the best Irish poets working now”, and Fintan O’Toole described the book as “arguably the...