Poetry and Death

So I spent last night in the presence of death and two exes: exhilaration and exhaustion. And with a marvelous improvisational violinist, Shira Kammen, whose ephemeral music was fitting for the occasion. There were others there with me, an auditorium filled with people, to discuss the "usefulness" of poetry as a way of transforming end-of-life … Continue reading Poetry and Death

Finding Words in Unusual Places

For years, I've admired the work of Maya Lin, the woman who designed the Vietnam Memorial. So much so that I bought a book called Boundaries filled with examples of her work, including "Reading A Garden:" In her proposal for "Reading a Garden" for the Cleveland Public Library, Lin collaborates with her brother, Tan Lin, … Continue reading Finding Words in Unusual Places