From October, 2014

a selection from Mothernism (co-published by The Green Lantern Press and Poor Farm Press, 2014) Hey Sis, It’s been a while since we’ve been writing letters to each other. Nobody seems to write them any more, or at least we don’t. Not since we’ve become mothers. So let me write you a letter from one…

ISIS, or ISIL (take your choice—I will call it I/I), appears to be the new shape of 21st century asymmetrical radical Islamist politics. al-Qaeda is at war with it as well as the new “coalition of the willing” rallied under President Obama in September 2014. This motley agglomeration, formally or not, includes Iran, Saudi Arabia,…

A column exploring the men of classic Hollywood. The obsession always begins with an image: Paul Newman’s eyes, such an impossible shade of blue, as he glowers at Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Bette Davis’s face contorting with anger, using a cigarette to punctuate every insult in All About Eve; Orson…

Part 6 of 7 from Essays on Weather for a Post-Katrina Society Less than five months after the NOAA declared the Southeastern drought over, rain began to fall and didn’t stop. September of 2009 brought with it a 500- year flood in northwest Georgia, stretching from the Tennessee-Alabama corner down into Atlanta. Photographs showed whole…

Revisiting Women by Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag She is reclining in a photographer’s studio. Her arms effortlessly wrapped behind her, cushioning her head. With dark eyes, she peers off into the corner of the room, her mind certainly lost in thought. The matte grey soft focus background is offset by her dark features: thick…