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My Favorite Dickinson Poem

February 12, 2014
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This is my favorite Emily Dickinson poem, even though it is not her best. It is the poem for which I have the most affection: “I dreaded that first Robin.”

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Sweet Sue Terry and “Hurt Hawks”

January 18, 2012
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At one point, I made a very precarious living playing piano in a couple bars, one of which was run by a coke fiend who had a driver pick me up for the gig three times a week.

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Creative Stupidity

April 11, 2011
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Many people do not become artists not because they are stupid, but because they are incapable of suspending the thinking/feeling functions. They fail to become writers and musicians and painters because they cannot enter their highest stupidity.

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Tom Waits’ many, many moons

March 14, 2011
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Waits has a thing for moons, and has been working on lyrical variations of this one metaphor for gong on 40 years.

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