2010: year-end wrap-up

Highlights: January 12: Starting the year off right, Jacob inserts a craft bead into his ear. Fortunately, it falls out after a single night. Hooray for ear wax, that unsung hero. January 15-18: My fifth year at the Cape May Winter Getaway, where I start seriously thinking about my manuscript. Also where I start the […]

reading list

Every year I say I’m going to chart the books I finish reading that year. I never really make it past February. This year I’m totally going to try. Again. A few things I need/want to read this year: Freedom, Jonathan Franzen Nothing Left to Burn, Jay Varner Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell Palo Alto, James […]

coming back in.

Dear President Obama, Thanks for keeping your promise about DADT. I’m done being mad at you now. Hugsnkisses, Rachel p.s. – you look so happy to be signing this law today, and that makes me happy. you’re awesome.

frank o’hara’s “having a coke with you”

I saw this on YouTube this morning, and it’s so delightful I had to share it. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDLwivcpFe8] I could spend all day watching poems. I can’t decide which lines in this poem are the best: it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still as solemn as unpleasantly […]

open letter to a chain bookstore

Dear Borders, Looks like our love affair is coming to an end. Clearly you just don’t know me at all. I mean, really: Dark Day in the Deep Sea? Don’t you know I have a primal, deep-seated fear of the ocean? I don’t even know what this book is about, but already I’m feeling the […]

some piece of you stays in me and i’ll never give it back.

If you have already heard the news, please forgive me for repeating it.  But just in case you haven’t: Dean Young, a wonderful poet who also happens to be a lovely and generous person, is in need of some help. You can read the details here; I urge you to give what you can, if […]