Illuminating the “Night”
Two characteristics of Glück’s manuscript become apparent upon a first reading. One is the placement of prose poems among a larger number of verse poems. During Monday’s conversation, Glück revealed that it was not until she tried her hand at prose poems (which look like prose but retain the imagery and delivery of poems) that the manuscript started coming together. “[The prose poems are] what the manuscript needed to be aerated,” she said.
Beyond the Words
Last Wednesday, I attended the reading of the late Marina Keegan’s posthumous book The Opposite of Loneliness. I walked into the Yale bookstore, down the stairs, behind a few bookshelves and into the alcove where the reading was being held. There were chairs set for about 50 people. I took a seat in the second row from the front, directly facing the podium.
The Next Tee
The golf ball became a punching bag, and I punched and punched...
My grandmother used to knit me sweaters before every winter.
Porter, Porter, Bow Wow Wow
Porter is recognized as one of Broadway’s greatest composers, having penned perennial hits such as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top!” and “Night and Day.” But he is also the composer of “Bull Dog,” which I belted out for the first time as a freshman at last year’s Harvard-Yale game, packed among thousands of other Yalies in Harvard Stadium.