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Burning Books, Again

Before this there had been only one burned book. I swear. It happened in 1992 and it scored a small scar on my personal integrity the way my one act … Continue reading


On poetry, memoir, truth and revolution: Stavanger Literature Festival Day 1

Actually, they call it an International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech. The subtitle is Revolution. There are a number of sessions relating to the Russian Revolution in 1917, … Continue reading


Brenda Ueland, revisted

In the late 1980’s I had returned from student years in Norway to start my adult life in Wisconsin. My youthful propensity for writing, the fake newspapers and spy documents … Continue reading


Words at Year’s End

On the last day of the year I learn about a poet named Judith Ortiz Cofer who died yesterday. Someone on the women’s poetry (WOMPO) yahoo list sent out a … Continue reading

31/12/2016 · 1 Comment

Book Review: I am the Beggar of the World

The beautiful translations of the landays in this collection allow Western readers to share the secret, crafty, sly, witty, subversive utterings of Afghani women, and to relish their vitality and vivacity. There … Continue reading


Maybe I’m a stickler for detail… but even the moose stopped in their tracks!

I am still reeling from what I heard on a Poetry Magazine podcast this morning. I just fired a letter off to the editors, and will follow up this post … Continue reading


India is a Woman

  SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013 ATMA ADITI ACHUTA   by Rasma Haidri India is a woman with bangles of gold, yellow silk draped over a bronze arm fingers elegant and … Continue reading


Morning at the End of the World

Yesterday’s slush is now clods and streams of ice we  crunch through, the dog with his long clicking claws  and I with my strap-on cleats on my Canadian  Thinsulate boots. It is only the morning, and … Continue reading



Flowers for Utøya

The first thing that strikes you when watching the evening news is that Utøya is shaped like a heart.  It becomes its own symbol, a memorial ground, even though all … Continue reading

13/08/2011 · 2 Comments

Sunday, it must be…

You sit long enough in a hotel room, writing poems and rewriting poems, and there comes a moment when you startle because you realize you have no idea what country, … Continue reading



Hvordan innta en by og overvinne seg selv For noen år siden så jeg en vitsetegning i The New Yorker av en mann som holdt en papirbunke i den ene … Continue reading

06/02/2011 · 6 Comments

Judy, in memorium

I have been thinking about my friend Judy Strasser, who along with me and three others founded a poetry manuscript group in 1989. We were five women who wanted to … Continue reading



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