Ann at Hudson Valley Writers Center
Seurat Drawings at MoMA
Sculpture by Martin Puryear
Another gift idea is Billets Doux from Dancing Girl Press. Billets Doux is French for “love letters.” This limited edition collection in an attractive box features 15 love letters, each written and designed by a poet, for $22.
And, if you're always hungry like me, and happen to live in Westchester: Red Barn Pizza, 158 Central Avenue in Hartsdale (914-328-3927), features whole wheat and multigrain pizza crusts. For the holistically inclined, finding this place is like locating the Holy Grail. I recommend both whole-grain crusts.
- Margaret Fox for this ingenious clip of performance artist Ennio Marchetti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAFI1i5FIBc
- Mary Ladd for this addicting vocabulary exercise that donates rice to the hungry: http://www.freerice.com/
- Ruth Krawczyk for this Guardian article on how translations get into print: http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,2214117,00.html
- Petra Lewis for this Times piece celebrating the semi-colon:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/18/nyregion/18semicolon.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin
- Brian O’Connor for his hilarious “It’s a Wonderful Life” sub-prime send-up:http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071224/OPINION03/712240305/1308/BIZ
- Patty Rosenblatt for her son’s fascinating piece on mini-comics: http://www.secretacres.com/ce1.html
- Eric Rudolph for celebrating black and white photography: http://www.bwphotopro.com/
- Linda Simone for Bob Holman’s blog about poetry and copyright on the web: http://poetry.about.com/b/2007/12/09/poems-and-copyright-on-the-web.htm
- Ed Schneeflock for his beautiful color photographs: http://www.schneeflock.com/
My mother-in-law, and biggest poetry fan, Alice Cefola, 93, recently passed away. When I won an award from Pulitzer-prize winner John Ashbery, she would get confused and tell people I won the Pulitzer. I’ll never forget Alice’s attentive listening—like she was holding her breath—when Brenda Connor Bey and Linda Simone read their poetry at her nursing home. The Town of Greenburgh’s Poetry Caravan, organized by Sarah Bracey White, made such readings possible—and deeply nourished my extraordinarily appreciative mother-in-law.
Here's to poetry, which endures.