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Interview: John King of The Drunken Odyssey

May 28, 2013 by


The Drunken Odyssey came to me at the perfect time. I had just had a baby and had started to write again after realizing that my chances for Wordsworthian recollection in tranquility were slim to none. I wanted to talk about books and writing, particularly with other writers, but with teaching, taking care of a […]

A Tale of Two Parks

May 19, 2013 by


We bought our house because it is across the street from a park that has been recently renovated as part of a city-wide initiative. On sunny days I pack the baby up in her stroller and wheel her over to the little kids’ play area, which is distinctly separate from the big kids’ play area […]

He was not of an age, but for that one time!

May 18, 2013 by


I rarely get asked to write commemorative poems, but when I do I feel like I’m connecting to ancient traditions, to times when the bard’s song was a monument as important as any statuary. There’s also an interesting challenge in pleasing a specific audience rather than the imaginary, amorphous readers or listeners that I hope to […]

The Goading: Breeders’ Theatre

May 15, 2013 by


I’ve always enjoyed creating prompts, but more often than not get stuck somewhere in the middle of the response. I feel like if I don’t find the piece in the first draft that I am left lost in the dig. “The Goading” is helping to shine a light on it. I was listening to an […]

Lessons from the End of the World

May 14, 2013 by


1. We are lucky to be here. Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered — Shakespeare The geese thing is probably a myth. The story is, a flock of geese somewhere up north was mistaken for Soviet bombers by radar operators in the U.S., and, just before we launched our atomic arsenal, somebody […]

Where I Come From

May 13, 2013 by


It’s always raining when I go home. About once a month, I pack up my small daughter and we drive, across town, on two interstates. We take Coalburg Road to the new highway that everyone still calls “Corridor X” and that has been in the process of being built since before I was born. We […]

The Goading: Accidental Lyrics

May 9, 2013 by


Eric and I decided to test the idea by goading each other. His prompt and my response follow. Send us your responses to the prompt. (See our explanation for this column here): MyTunes Remix              a. Open iTunes and view your songs according to artist.              b. Sort them randomly.              c. Use […]