Horses at Midnight Without a Moon, by Jack Gilbert

Poems for Stuart, Part 2 Last time I read a poem by Marie Howe called “The Gate.” It’s one of the poems I considered reading for my friend Stuart who was visiting from Australia, and wished to capture a bit of video in which I would read something that spoke to where my life is…

“Failing and Flying” by Jack Gilbert

Originally posted on Words for the Year:
Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew. It’s the same when love comes to an end, or the marriage fails and people say they knew it was a mistake, that everybody said it would never work. That she was old enough to know better. But anything worth doing is…

Saturday Song–Wings with Gilbert and Carpenter

So you’ve heard the myth, the warning about getting too proud of your accomplishments. At the very least they sternly told you to be very cautious; don’t be foolish and attempt the impossible. The myth of the fall of Icarus, who either ignored, or in that moment of elation, simply forgot the warnings of his…

Poems for Stuart

Two years ago I got the chance to finally meet an old friend face-to-face. Stuart and I had been talking online since the days of the Gay Fatherhood dot-com website that I used to run, even back to when it was an MSN group. Does anyone else remember those MSN groups? I kind of miss…

To Not Praise the Devil

On Facebook I’ve been sharing pictures of my Christmas tree and my favorite ornaments, some sentimental, others decidedly silly. And as I posted a photo of the wreath on my front door, bearing the simple message of “Peace,” I was watching the news out of Aleppo. As I write this, a second cease-fire is allowing…

Saturday Song Flashback with Fiona Apple

Okay, in my effort to not “praise the devil” by making “injustice the only / measure of our attention (Jack Gilbert, “A Brief for the Defense“),” how about a Throwback Saturday? Okay, so that’s not really a thing. So let’s just call it a Fiona Flashback. A bit about “making it new.” Read the original…