Wading through Lethe is an unexpected mix of rural Arkansas and then, suddenly, ancient Rome. Why? I grew up dreaming of other places. My first poem at age six was about taking a trip in a boat and admiring the night sky. The poem speaks to a wanderlust that for years I had to satisfy … Continue reading From Arkansas to Italy
I dedicated Wading through Lethe to my grandmothers, possibly the two most influential people on my life. My grandma Katherine Black was a schoolteacher who wrote poetry and lived in a log cabin in the woods. My grandmother Jackie Guerin was a watercolorist who lived on a lake and whose favorite city was Venice. Both … Continue reading Inspiration, Poetry, and Grandmas
Ariel has always been fascinated by band-aids. She believes they have magical healing powers. At two and a half, she tattooed all her favorite toy cars and stuffed animals with them—a small Daisy Duck once boasted fourteen. If you’re around and get a scrape, you’ll be able to choose from Wonder Woman, Charlie Brown, and … Continue reading “I need a band-aid!”: 2021 in Retrospect
This time last year, I was writing about 2020 as the “year of vision.” If anything, 2020 was a year of re-vision as we watched a new version of the world unfold. The idea of 20/20 vision was an attempt to offer a focal point for the year—a challenge in even the best of times. … Continue reading Farewell 2020
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