Thursday, June 22, 2017

MARY GAITSKILL ~












(actually, the finest essay 
in the book
 is about the loss of a
little one-eyed cat)





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE BEAR ~








One more terrific tale in the Applewood Books series of
attractively designed and sized hardbound books
that you can fit into the back pocket of a pair
of jeans and hike all day and read
a tale such as The Bear around
the campfire at night.
People still do that, right?
I do.




Applewood Books
PO Box 27
Carlisle, MA.
01741




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THOREAU ~ THE ESSAYS ~







NORTH POINT 2002




A glorious collection in softcover that I once discovered, used,
but after holding the book in my hand, with a healthy crease down
the cover and throughout the text, much as I wanted the book, hated to leave it
behind, I waited and hunted up another copy in short time. For $1 less!
Ideal condition, never read, and guided by the gifted hand
of Lewis Hyde.
If you are looking for a treat companion volume of Thoreau's essays,
this one would be my choice.







Monday, June 19, 2017

PERFECT BIRTHDAYS ~








Irene




All

that




rain

is




now

in




all

that





river






Quite A Cat





At night

when everything in the house

grows quiet the later it becomes

even the refrigerator almost

stops humming and I am done

with writing and crumble my

last piece of paper into a ball

thinking to toss it into the fire

the cat comes to me at the sound

of the paper crumbling and

knows there is a paper ball

in my hand to crouch down

on the kitchen floor planks

with him to play catch —

yes, I toss and he fetches

like a dog, so he isn't

quite a cat






Perfect Birthdays




she gave to 

me a book I

already have

a pair of bib-

overall rain

gear I already

have and for

my lover a pair

of blue earrings

she’ll always have






What She Brings
From Town





A fat clear bag


of dried cranberries


ready to burst



————————————
Bob Arnold
BEAUTIFUL   DAYS
Longhouse