Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Nietzsche's Kisses by Lance Olsen

I bought this book at AWP. Just couldn't not buy it. The premise is it's Nietzsche's last night, he's gone crazy, and he's remembering back to major events and people in his life, including his sister, who warped his views to go along with the Nazi party, which he would have hated.

A good intro to Nietzsche, if you've been curious and need an in to his philosophy, though I would recommend diving right into that too, maybe at Beyond Good and Evil. Or the Reader.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Paroxis Histérica podcast

A metal podcast from Colombia did a recent episode on singer Dawn Crosby, citing an essay by José Saramago and one by me (!). It's my essay "The Ghosts of Dawn Crosby" at ENTROPY. They even asked permission to use it and everything. 

If you speak español, or even if you don't, check out the podcast at Anchor:

Or at Spotify:

They go through the musical development of Crosby, from Detente to Fear of God, playing full songs, so a good listen just for that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Destroyer with Nicole Kidman

My movie review of Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman. Also a mini-essay/rant about the use of flashbacks. Up now at Psycho Drive-in!

Friday, March 15, 2019

RIP W. S. Merwin






My friend says I was not a good son
you understand
I say yes I understand

he says I did not go
to see my parents very often you know
and I say yes I know

even when I was living in the same city he says
maybe I would go there once
a month or maybe even less
I say oh yes

he says the last time I went to see my father
I say the last time I saw my father

he says the last time I saw my father
he was asking me about my life
how I was making out and he
went into the next room
to get something to give me

oh I say
feeling again the cold
of my father’s hand the last time
he says and my father turned
in the doorway and saw me
look at my wristwatch and he
said you know I would like you to stay
and talk with me

oh yes I say

but if you are busy he said
I don’t want you to feel that you
have to
just because I’m here

I say nothing

he says my father
said maybe
you have important work you are doing
or maybe you should be seeing
somebody I don’t want to keep you

I look out the window
my friend is older than I am
he says and I told my father it was so
and I got up and left him then
you know

though there was nowhere I had to go
and nothing I had to do

Thursday, March 7, 2019

South Dakota Review in hand

Back in the US and can finally hold my contributor copy of the South Dakota Review, containing my long poem, "Cerro Pelado Blues"! Super-honored! Order it here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Chiron Review in hand!

Back in the US and finally get to hold the new Chiron Review in my hands! My contributor copy, containing three of my poems plus dozens of other good ones! Order it here!