Loose change, or: Nothing changes

An American sentence: An old man lies on a bench, hand stretched out, cupping a pile of loose change. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17… Continue reading Loose change, or: Nothing changes

Insider, or: Outsider

A quadrille In the form of a Shadorma My best friend in graduate school was Christian. As a Jew, I asked for help with our school's tree and its tinsel. I'd gone to Salvation Army to pick up Angels for that fake fir tree. Each had a poor child's name on it. Shadorma The Shadorma… Continue reading Insider, or: Outsider

Ethical will: Loving-kindness

In composing my ethical will, I usually find myself resistant to including entries that should, according to my sensibilities, be self-evident. That's not to say that I personally exemplify any of these self-evidently positive traits; rather, it is to say that I wish I did. On the other hand, my ethical will is, by default,… Continue reading Ethical will: Loving-kindness