My Own City (on Donna Masini’s 4:30 Movie; Jennifer Franklin’s No Small Gift; and Lee Briccetti’s Blue Guide)
“What I Find Funny Is Too Dark to Say Out Loud” (with an interview by C. J. Bartunek)
I laugh because I must not weep—that’s all, that’s all,” Abraham Lincoln reportedly commented, echoing Byron’s Don Juan. “Humor is just another defense against the universe,” said legendary director and comedy-writer Mel Brooks. Versions of this idea have been …
Among the Losses & Poetry Class, Ash Wednesday
Among the Losses
My lamentations have shaken loose locusts.
They whir in the burned-out nave of my body.
In the shower, whole decades wash from my body.
A girl’s hairless limbs emerge naked from the spray.