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Study Abroad: “I Want to Go to There”

For many reasons, I have long thought that I really by rights should have been born in another time. As a poet, for example, I’ve always rather liked the idea of a patron: a wealthy person who kept me in … Continue reading

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Exercise 4 from Chapter 10 of Writing Poems, ed. Michelle Boiseau, et. al.

I routinely admonish my creative writing students to remove their earbuds. How will they soak up the inspiration all around them — uniquely them — if they are always listening to someone else’s music, someone else’s lyrics? As for me, … Continue reading

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“Sometimes It’s Hard to be a Woman…”

“Sometimes” like now, when the Supreme Court of the United States is set to weigh in on the buffer zones currently legally mandated around clinics that provide abortion services (35 feet). The question before the Court is whether or not … Continue reading

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“Suspense is like a woman…”

“The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement.” ~Alfred Hitchcock I have just spent two sleepless nights in a row, thanks to season 4 episode 3 of Downton Abbey. I’ve been rendered sleepless by an upstairs/downstairs period drama … Continue reading

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Yowl

My cheeky, post-government-shutdown homage to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” currently onstage in the Frankenshow at Democracy Burlesque. Yowl I saw the best rights of my generation destroyed by politicians, lobbied, perverted by almighty lucre, choked to death by boa constrictor striped … Continue reading

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Uncurated Lives

Yesterday, I happened to be driving to run errands (including having my car emissions tested) after a horseback riding lesson (my brother-in-law has recently pointed out that these lessons, in English hunt seat, mean that I cannot possibly get any … Continue reading

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All Is True — and by “all” we mean “nothing”

Henry VIII Preamble The main points that I made in my pre-show lectures for Barbara Gaines’s 2013 production of Henry VIII at Chicago Shakespeare Theater concerned the collaborative nature of this play and the significance of its original title, its Elizabeth-focused … Continue reading

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Maudlin in the Middle

I’m sitting on the porch of the house I grew up in , as the sun sinks slowly in the west. It’s a lovely Cape Cod, in Louisville, Kentucky. My parents just finished doing a re-model of the entire back … Continue reading

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Scandal-ized

Note: the following contains innumerable spoiler alerts, if you are new to Scandal. My mother is the one who introduced me to the second of my well-nigh out of control TV addictions, Scandal. Turnabout is fair play, I suppose. I … Continue reading

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Lockdown!

The combination of media coverage of the shootings last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut and the subsequent rhetorical outrages perpetrated by Wayne LaPierre of the NRA have put me in the holiday spirit. I’ve come up with … Continue reading

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