H.D. Notebook, Part 2

In The Paris Review Daily.


Teaser quote: Reminds me of a joke Samuel Johnson alludes to in the preface of his edition of a certain Very Big Poet, whose greatness was (Johnson asserts) not to be found in particular passages but in the overall effect. The joke was: “He who tries to recommend him by select quotations, will succeed like the pedant in Hierocles, who, when he offered his house for sale, carried a brick in his pocket as a specimen.”

[originally posted Wednesday 9 August 2017]

Interview with the Neanderthal

In The Paris Review Daily.


Teaser quote




But let’s not get distracted. You’re essentially saying you can access memories from past lives. Is that correct?




Yes. I mean, that’s misleading to put it that way, because these “past lives” were not me. It’s not like my personality existed forty thousand years ago. But I can access, I’m convinced, personalities and events that occurred at the time when the Neanderthal species—as a distinct thing—ceased to exist.


[originally posted Wednesday 14 May 2017]

“H.D. Notebook”

On The Paris Review Daily.


Teaser quote: “I don’t like biographies wherein the subject has no stupid ideas, is never self-deceived, and is never a source of legitimate grievance to anyone. To watch a biographer protect her subject from all negative interpretations, and even from the other characters in the story—this is a most unedifying spectacle…”


[originally posted Wednesday 3 May 2017]

A poem called “Siebenundvierzig”

The Iowa Review is posting a new poem every day, all through April.


Teaser quote: “This is that mind-reading, I’m-sicking-demons-on-my-enemies style of Buddhism.”


[originally posted Saturday 1 April 2017]

On Rhyme

An essay collection edited by David Caplan, from Presses Universitaires Liège, containing a chapter by me (title: "Seventeen Quotations and Commentary").


The book will supposedly be available Tuesday 14 March 2017. ISBN: 978-2-87562-125-2.


Here's the cover:

A Gallery of Rhymes from Palgrave’s Golden Treasury, Book I

On Plume.


Teaser quote: “You know that famous quote, where some French poet said that God gives you the first rhyme word, but the poet himself must provide the second—? The Augustan poet worked hard to make it look like just the opposite was happening. The poet throws down the first rhyme word, and then a Voice from the Unfathomable gracefully and elegantly provides the second.”


[originally posted, Thursday 2 March 2017]

Rumi, Machado & Co.

New essay on The Paris Review Daily.


Teaser quote: “Would he really use a construction like I caught the happy virus.”


[posted on The Paris Review Daily, Wednesday 1 March 2017]

A poem called “Flying Ants”

Posted today on Gramma.


Teaser quote: “I’m already in hell: You can tell by what I’m ashamed of.”

[posted Thursday 17 February 2017]