Lately

I had a fascinating conversation with novelist and poet Jennifer Clement as part of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD Series. The podcast is here.

Jennifer Clement & ME

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“Cookie On My Mind” – my piece on longing for Cookie Lyon and season 2 of Fox’s “Empire” – is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books (March 25, 2015).

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My interview with Adrienne Rich on poetry, politics, and Chile, published for the first time in English, is at The Critical Flame (March 23, 2015).

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My essay “On Waiting and Sugar” is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

This is a hybrid affair with a strong lyric element, a meditation on waiting that brings to bear a cast of characters including Adam Phillips, Miguel de Unamuno, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges, Kara Walker, Dunkin Donuts, Al Pacino, and long lines of strangers. Published on November 15, 2014.

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My review of Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs can be read at Rewire Me (November 5, 2014).

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My poem “Paz with a ‘Z'” is up with Silver Birch Press (September 26, 2014).

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The Millions published the essay “‘My Disease Feels Beautiful to Me': On the Work of Raúl Zurita” on September 25, 2014.

(And here is a shoutout from The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet the Blog.)

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I wrote “Look! Our Bodies in Play” about the American artist Michael Sagato for his solo show at the Jack Geary Contemporary in New York City (April 2014).

(My essay was quoted by Artsy Editorial here.)

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My conversation with award-winning poets Forrest Gander and Raúl Zurita about their project Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books on February 2, 2014. It’s in English and Spanish.

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The Millions published my essay “I Found a Way to Enter: Diving Into Writing” - on Eros, creativity, and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” – on November 26, 2013.

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The Paris Review Daily published my essay “The House We Live In: Elizabeth Bishop on the Big Screen” on November 7, 2013. The film opened on November 8th in New York and November 29th in Los Angeles.

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The Paris Review Daily published my essay on handbags “Precious Cargo” on June 28, 2013.

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My CV is here.

You can read my translations of text by and about the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra (who turned 100 years old in September 2014) here.

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