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Eugene England: Intellectual History as Essential Biography

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Two days ago, Kristine Haglund’s Eugene England: A Mormon Liberal was finally delivered (I preordered it in April); the next morning at 9:15 I finished reading the book. The forward to the volume promises an exploration of the work of one of … Continue reading

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Frank McEntire’s “And No Birds Sing”

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A couple of weeks ago Alex C. and I drove to Salt Lake to see Frank’s latest show at the Nox Gallery, its title inspired by chapter 8 of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, the chapter’s own title drawn from … Continue reading

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Good News from Elik Press

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Andy Hoffman, publisher of Elik Press, has just accepted Zarko’s and my third book for publication. We couldn’t be happier! A couple of paragraphs meant for the back cover: This book describes a friendship, or, better said, it explores a … Continue reading

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Peter Handke: 79th Birthday Today

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Peter Handke and his work have influenced and inspired me for more than 30 years. Proof lies in a set of publications on his work, translations of his work, and narratives of traveling with him. Today I’m deeply grateful for … Continue reading

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Chapter 2: Rilke’s Duino Elegies

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This afternoon I finished a new draft of what will be chapter 2 of my book on the standing metaphor. The subtitle is Poēsis and the *sta Constellation. Here the first page. I published an early version of this in The German … Continue reading

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Skewing a Life

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In his Roughing It, Mark Twain claimed this about Joseph Smith’s writing of the Book of Mormon: “Whenever he found his speech growing too modern–which was about every sentence or two—he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding … Continue reading

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per-sonal effects…Alex Caldiero’s latest book

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“You don’t have anything to worry about, if you have a sound mind.” Thus ends one of the prose poems that make up this new book, a poem that begins with the conclusion “I need to die.” Who of us … Continue reading

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First Lines

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The first lines of some of the books I have read this year: . . . I know, I understand, I shouldn’t have done it. The skeletons mutiny and push all the pussycats overboard. I sing the city. Fucking city. … Continue reading

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Christ Child with Walking Frame / Christ Carrying the Cross

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Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. I spend hours in the large room that displays eight or ten of Breugel’s best known paintings (The Peasant Wedding, Saul on the Road to Damascus, Hunters in the Snow, Peasant Dance, and so on), reading … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON ALEX CALDIERO’S “BAGGAGE”

Friday evening, a week before the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s retrospective exhibition of Alex’s work closes, I spend an hour in the Street Gallery with time to reflect on what I am experiencing. Standing at the door leading into … Continue reading

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