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…

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…

A Brief Defense of Flying and Failing

In Jack Gilbert’s poem “Failing and Flying”, he makes the important point that despite the common word on the street, “anything / worth doing is worth doing badly.” So I am going to stop procrastinating and just post this reading now. See, I procrastinate when I feel I don’t have time to do justice to…