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FOOD, WORDS AND LOVING THE WORK IN FRONT OF YOU

I’ve just spent three weeks nursing my mother while she recovered from acute renal failure. Our kidneys filter our toxins and clean our blood. Our mind uses our body as

Thanksgiving in England and Why a Marriage Requires a Backbone

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving on the Saturday. With the unreliability and current mayhem of Southern Rail, there was no guarantee that Mike would make it home from London in

A.R. AMMONS AND “EDDIES OF MEANING”

  3.08.2015   gretchen   General   No comments

I came across the work of A.R. Ammons in my early twenties or so—this would have been the early nineties, and I was transfixed on his voice, especially in terms

ODE TO THE DOUBLE

Part One   I want to talk about the artist’s inevitable split between Creative Self and Ordinary Self. The idea of a double persona has long been a fascination of

BACKTALK – THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSE

Week One  So how and why did Backlash Press begin? In short, it began with the clarity that arrives after extreme disappointment. Three times my novel, The Book of Dirt,

WORD REGARD – IDEAS THAT STIMULATE MY WRITING

Lately, I have been thinking about phantoms, not ghosts or correlated phenomenon, rather the tones inside a piece of artwork or a written text that feel unexplained, yet alluded to,

ANNE SEXTON, A ROCK QUARRY, SNOWSTORMS AND REUNIONS

To be honest, BACKLASH PRESS started on a rock quarry cliff, somewhere in Iowa, when Gretchen Heffernan and I were in school at the University of Iowa, some 18 years