Monthly Archives: July 2017

. . . evenly knotted barbed wire fences

A couple of weeks ago John Fowles, a former student of mine when I was teaching in the BYU Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, wrote me from China, where he was on business. “I’ve been reading your ‘non-memoir’ Immortal for … Continue reading

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Freedom

I was visiting a friend in Salt Lake’s Intermountain LDS Hospital yesterday. Despite his chemotherapy and despite the tubes attached to him, we had a good conversation about poetry and clouds and food and other things. Leaving the hospital, I … Continue reading

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The Perfect Fence / Intimate Fences

I’ve been thinking about this photo for several years as we have written about the meanings of barbed wire. Our original title was Intimate Fences, borrowed from a haunting story by Annie Proulx. The story is about an old man who … Continue reading

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Immortal for Quite Some Time — Time Moves On

Yesterday would have been my brother John’s 66th birthday. June 3rd. Since 1991 that date has been a reminder to me, an occasion to reflect again on fraternity and loss. Yesterday passed without a thought. Today, writing about my friend … Continue reading

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