Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Pain and sympathy"


   William Kentridge

     on the ethics of writing and art

     about the pain of others


     certain doubts of William Kentridge

     (a documentary)

 ("a piece of paper flying through the landscape")

Friday, December 13, 2013


A few years ago a friend read THE PUBLIC GARDENS and suggested I look into Pattie McCarthy's work.

I read MARYBONES and loved it; here's my review at Jacket2.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Stan Mir's Review of THE PUBLIC GARDENS

Stan Mir's insightful review of THE PUBLIC GARDENS is online at Jacket2.

I like the way he takes into account my entire working life (as what my daughter used to call "a booker"), not just my identity as the author of my own book. 

Also nice: he refers to an interview I did with Kate Greenstreet, one of my favorite poets, in 2010, before I'd found a publisher for THE PUBLIC GARDENS.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

 Here's a link to my poem,

and here's a ridiculously short list of some wonderful Irish/Irishy books:

THE GREEN FOOL by Patrick Kavanagh
ARE YOU SOMEBODY? by Nuala O'Faolain
    (and all of her other books)
BY THE LAKE by John McGahern
O'CLOCK by Fanny Howe
NO LONGER AT EASE by Chinua Achebe 
    (see scene with mouthy Irish nurses and Nigerians)
SELECTED ESSAYS by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill 
    (and this video of her poem, "Athair" / "Father")

Monday, March 11, 2013

For You

For you--particularly the students in C. D. Wright's
 class today. Thank you.

"What good am I / heaven only knows" 

                                    - DINAH WASHINGTON

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


The Kenyon Review's end-of-year book recommendations.

(Very nice company, including
Mary Ruefle, Jack Gilbert, Lyn Hejinian, Nourbese Philip.)

"Other books worth shelf space: Linda Norton’s cross-genre The Public Gardens: Poems and History, full of sharp and anxious writing, delivers on its title while dismantling the notion of autobiography. “All is possible / Sleep’s reason is neutral,” Lyn Hejinian writes in The Book of a Thousand Eyes, at once a serial poem, a collage of disparate thoughts, and a dream diary. The Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry by Raymond Barfield snapshots the thorny relationship between art and inquiry, as does Christian existentialist Nikolai Berdyaev’s less recent (1916) and, it seems, vanished volume The Meaning of the Creative Act. M. Nourbese Philip’s Zong! tests the respective allegiances of history and philosophy to morality."

Thank you to ANDREW DAVID KING for this mention, and for the interview he did with me for Kenyon Review last spring. You can access that interview here.

Click here for The Kenyon Review's complete list of recommended reading, December 2012.