Carver for my Brother

Tomorrow is my brother's birthday, which means I've been reading Raymond Carver. It's like a coping mechanism, I guess, returning to the comfort of Carver's words. Maybe others wouldn't find comfort in the sorrow, the disparity, the wildlife and hunting, death and dying of Carver's work, but I do. I return to him like an… Continue reading Carver for my Brother

On Reading Poetry

A poet I interviewed recently told me that reading teaches you empathy for the other.¬†Reading poetry supports empathy, supports compassion. The poet was Matthew Dickman, Tin House poetry editor and author of All-American Poem and most recently¬†Mayakovsky's Revolver. I interviewed him for an article about his new poetry project, Poetry in the Mail, that aims… Continue reading On Reading Poetry