Songs of Innocence

I could not publish until Anya was gone from fear of upsetting my daughter. We put Anya to sleep Aug. 29, very close to whatwould hvave been her 19th birthday.

My daughter’s cat is clearly dying. She has stopped eating–again–and spends her days laying in her chosen spot on the linoleum just outside the bathroom. She gets up to use the cat box and drink water but that’s it. She has become a bag…

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Ghosts of the Flood

Ghosts of the Flood

” … so many, / I had not thought death had undone so many … “
The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot

Sometimes I feel them, my wife told me, their spirits, as I’m driving down the street. All that suffering, she explains, all those people. As if 300 years of yellow fever and the lash, the lynchings and gansta gun battles weren’t enough to populate a parallel city of spirits in this place where tombs…

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Is that a hand, a face hidden in the background at the top of the painting? Is it Goya himself, aged and in his Black Painting period, meditating on the hopelessness of life?

Is that a hand, a face hidden in the background at the top of the painting? Is it Goya himself, aged and in his Black Painting period, meditating on the hopelessness of life?

Odd Words

This week in literary New Orleans:

Tonight kicks off The Waves,a new LGBTIQ reading series presenting student voices, local writers, and visiting writers side by side. Our kickoff reading, coinciding with Antenna Gallery’s 2nd Annual True Colors LGBTQ Art Exhibition, will feature an all local line-up: Chanel Clarke, Tyler Gillespie, Elizabeth Gross, Megan Ann Mchugh, Kay Murphy, Brad Richard,…

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An Imaginary City

I live in an imaginary city. Its borders on one side are indistinct, the gradual erosion from solid land through marsh to water. These boundaries shift daily with the tide, and monthly with the moon, and every day grow a little closer, a little smaller. On the other sides there are walls built to keep back the sea, to contain the river. These are not ours to command. All we have with certainty is…

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Odd Words

This week in literary New Orleans, the libraries are where it’s at:

& Thursday at 6 pm check out the weekly Spoken Word event #WordConnections at the Juju Bag Cafe.

&At 7 pm Prospect New Orleans & NOPL present Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick in conversation with Kalamu ya Salaam The artists will share how Kalamu ya Salaam has inspired their practice. All three will discuss their collaborative…

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All The Things

Radio Free Toulouse Street now ends its broadcast day. ZRFT broadcasts from high atop a pigeon-bedecked ledge on 1,420 MHz at 1 billion Tezlas iridescent power.

Death will tremble to take us

“We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
Charles Bukowski

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theoxfordamerican:

ICYMI: Here’s an excellent essay by writer and former OA intern Will Stephenson in last week’s copy of the Arkansas Times. One of the more comprehensive and well-researched stories you’ll find on the early years of a man who (at 25) John Coltrane handpicked to join his band. This is Pharoah Sanders.
 For Will’s footnotes to the story, click here.
“Where were youon Pharoah Sanders day?”

theoxfordamerican:

ICYMI: Here’s an excellent essay by writer and former OA intern Will Stephenson in last week’s copy of the Arkansas Times. One of the more comprehensive and well-researched stories you’ll find on the early years of a man who (at 25) John Coltrane handpicked to join his band. This is Pharoah Sanders.

 For Will’s footnotes to the story, click here.

Where were youon Pharoah Sanders day?

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Odd Words

Another quiet week in literary New Orleans until we celebrate Charles Bukowski’s birthday Saturday at the Loa Bar starting at 8 pm. Then things might living up just a bit. (Details below). Until then, don’t wake the librarians.

Last spring, Press Street unveiled in a soft opening the new Reading Room 220 on the first floor of our headquarters on St. Claude Avenue. The community space—which hosts…

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