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A poet-photographer, he frames and shoots these rotting ties, trestles, and rusting bridges with the patience and love of a poet listening to his muse, capturing the haunted quality of this New York river valley.
Djelloul Marbrook says the best thing we can do for yourselves and our society is to admit how much we don't know-and then proceed to explore the unknown in our personal journeys as well as our national journey.
The estimable 'Homeland' notwithstanding, 'Shameless' is the best show on television today. It has no stars because the pack is the star.
The Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti was murdered by Nazi collaborators. His body was later found in a mass grave with 10 final poems in his raincoat.
American poetry tends to commemorate the ordinary, striving to use plain language and to avoid references to things readers may not know. Gjertrud Schnackenberg's 'Heavenly Questions' breaks out of this mold with breathtaking grandeur and breadth
The paintings arrived in Algeria in 2004 and seemingly vanished in the bowels of the country's energy company, which acquired them. But now the Algerian press has clamored for an accounting and a petition is circulating in Bou Saada, 'City of Happ
The spectacle of the opposition party's refusal to approve the President's nominations is all the proof we need. Instead of a government that works we have 24/7 politics, like cable news, with around-the-clock trivia, lunacy and fear-mongering.
In some ways George W. Bush as president was emblematic of an incurious nation that gathers around a bunch of received ideas and clings to them instead of challenging them
A stroll down the main street of Hudson, New York, prompts prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook to meditate on our culture's values. Here in the midst of this famous antique venue a book fair was also underway.
When another author, Dan Baum, called Djelloul Marbrook's novel, 'Saraceno,' a prose poem, Marbrook began meditating on the nature of prose and poetry and arrived at some provocative conclusions, expressed here.
National Poetry Month offers a moment to ask ourselves whether we're also celebrating dangerous, subversive, ball-breaking poetry. Or are we just celebrating safe, anecdotal, 'accessible' poetry?
When lightning strikes Artemisia Cavelli it illuminates her world and its inhabitants in strange new ways. Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook has written a novel in honor of some of the world's most memorable women-Artemisia Gentileschi
Frida Kahlo painted with a unique brush. Now British poet Pascale Petit gives the great Mexican painter a unique voice in 52 poems that eerily resonate with Kahlo's vivid way of painting.
(07, April is the birthday of the Internet. On this day in 1969, a Defense Department agency sent out a Request for Comments to scientists -RFCs as they are known-asking for ideas and methods that would eventually lead to the Internet.)
Films and particularly the 8-11 prime-time television shows batter us with violent images that rile us up, trading on a horrid fascination with violence that for some of us is like the Stockholm Syndrome...
Why is the Jesse James legend so enduring? Could it be because it speaks indelibly to our sense of being swindled? The press is part of this sense of being swindled because it hides the most important stories in plain sight.
Poetry isn't about recognition and the praise of readers, it's about saying one thing so essential that the world can no longer be imagined in its absence.Here are two poets whose work illustrates the point: Environmental scientist Paul Clemente a
'Nazareth, North Dakota,' is a memorable story about unforgettable characters, from Roxy in a hopeless marriage to Dill, just out of prison and about to go in again, to the baby boy Sam a teenage beauty pageant winner leaves at Roxy's motel door.
The worldwide collapse of honey bee colonies threatens famine and yet the press pays it scant attention, treating it as an exotic feature story.
'I just don't trust the authorized version of anything,' he says, and reading the wrong way strips out whatever sanctimony there is in a piece of writing.