Posts made in February, 2019

My Wobbly Bicycle, 166

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Archive | 8 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 166

Gray and cold. Very cold, day after day. Reading a lot.   I read Katharine Smyth’s All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf,  based on a short review in The New Yorker. I didn’t realize she would include so much detail about the death of her father. Maybe not what I wanted to read right now. But maybe so. Smyth seamlessly weaves Woolf’s To the Lighthouse through her own story. (“Perhaps there is one book for every life,” she writes).   Both books are in their way about grief. Smyth’s father was a difficult man, an alcoholic, but funny, smart, and...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 165

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Archive | 27 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 165

It was a beautiful day. I wanted to get my father out of his tiny assisted-living quarters. I took him for a drive up the Leelanau peninsula. This is a poem from my new manuscript:   Not Dying   He says he wakes and it feels momentarily like he’s finally dying, a giving way, a sinking or hovering, can’t say, but momentary: a window swung open you don’t realize until a breeze.   I take him for a ride along the tongue of land, west looking east, looking back at the city from a point. Jet trails. He points them out, strung like necklaces, one fresh, with its glint out...

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