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Thanksgiving has come to its inevitable end, and my family has finally departed, ferried to their several Brooklyn-bound flights and safely landed. This means I can now do three things: 1) clean 2) sleep 3) plan a blog post recapping the insanity that was this week. Rest assured, I'm doing all of them. Until then: A FAREWELL TO FRIENDS after Nikolai Zabolotsky Yes, the man is a tower of birds, I write my friends into earth, into earth, into earth. There, with lantern in hand, a beetle-man greets his acquaintances. You stand in white hats, long jackets, with notebooks of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
I spent a lot of time today thinking about my intentions for tomorrow's feast. The way I want the table to look, who should sit where, how I should time every dish, course, segment of our evening. In the end, some of those intentions will be realized and some will certainly not. Every Thanksgiving has been made both better and worse by things going off-plan. (I think here, first, of the oft dragged-up story of the year we ate at midnight because I didn't know how to cook a turkey, and also of the time a squirrel ate the pie... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
It's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, kids. And you know what that means? Onions. A FUCKTON of onions. Below you'll find one of my favorite recipes (and the impetus for said onion-chopping), an amazing poem by the lovely Suji Kwock Kim called "Monologue for an Onion," and a question that is all together too personal. I hope you'll answer it. And I very much hope you're having fun out there, celebrators. Caramelized Onion Quiche (recipe makes two quiches) INGREDIENTS: 6 large eggs 2 cups heavy cream 8 ounces shredded Parmesan (or more, depending on your taste) 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Hi again, interweb friends. It’s been a while! Last time we met I was driving cross-country with Joshua Rivkin, my extraordinary poet friend, and Special the Dog, my extraordinary canine friend. Remember? It was glorious: pedal to the floor, highway cops and border patrols, fast food joints and junk museums and the wide open maw of the road springboarding us collectively into a week of adventure, literary rumination and general high-jinx. But this week? This Thanksgiving week, during which both my family and a bevy of friends will take to road and sky (and full-body scanners) to convene—drunkenly, and with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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Nov 22, 2010