you’re wondering if I’m lonely: thoughts on what it means to lose Adrienne Rich

When I was twenty four, I had a crush on an older woman who was a writer, and late in August in the summer of our courtship, she wrote an email to me which simply said, “I just found out that Grace Paley died and all I want to do today is cry for her.”Continue reading “you’re wondering if I’m lonely: thoughts on what it means to lose Adrienne Rich”

joy without shame

This week Wilde Boys hosted their first woman poet, Marie Howe, at this intimate salon for queer poets and writers. Crowded into the stylish living room, I ended up sitting on the carpet, nearly at Marie’s feet. The entire evening was breath-taking: a rare venue for creative conversation. She was both electric and generous. AtContinue reading “joy without shame”

you want a social life with friends

this poem got stuck in my head today. i used to have a copy of it sharpied on my refrigerator. also, i have it memorized and was known to recite it (drunk) at bars, back in the day. you want a social life with friends kenneth koch You want a social life, with friends, AContinue reading “you want a social life with friends”