The New Nile: Now in Arabic

Friday, 15 June 2012, 12:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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The prizewinning Egyptian poet Sayed Gouda has translated my poem “The New Nile: Homage to the Egyptian Revolution” into Arabic. It can be found on p. 29 of the current issue of Tanja, the leading Egyptian cultural journal ( or Also on Gouda’s own excellent English-language website, Here is the poem in English: […]


Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 10:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Can anyone suggest a journal or magazine that might be interested in publishing a review of Julia Budenz’s great poem The Gardens of Flora Baum? Also, I’d like to review Joseph Salemi’s brilliant and scorchingly satirical new book of poetry, Steel Masks.

Time is not an independent variable

Monday, 30 April 2012, 14:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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My brilliant friend Mihai Nadin asked me a question the other day: TIME IS NOT AN INDEPENDENT VARIABLE—what does it mean? It is a new topic, and I am deeply interested in what it might mean. Here is my reply: I think it may be an elegant way of saying that time is not Newton’s […]

The Wind People

Saturday, 2 April 2011, 12:20 | Category : Uncategorized
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I was typing out for a friend an old poem of mine from about 1970, in that prehistoric predigital era, and I liked it and thought I’d put it up on the blog. It was in Counter-Terra (Christopher’s Books, 1978). The Wind People Their faces are the skeins of air that we sometimes perceive to […]

Print Edition of THE NEW WORLD Now Available

Monday, 14 March 2011, 7:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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The Ilium Press says that the real physical book can now be obtained here.

The New World–25th Anniversary Edition

Sunday, 13 March 2011, 20:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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At last my epic poem THE NEW WORLD is in print again. Ilium Press has reprinted it in a beautiful edition, with a new foreword. The publisher is offering a free sample here. The book is available through Amazon here. It can be downloaded on Kindle now and will soon be available in physical print. […]

Philanthropy and the Gift Economy

Friday, 25 February 2011, 14:10 | Category : Uncategorized
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There is a myth that we as a species have moved from having an edenic and arcadian gift exchange economy to a cold and corrupt market economy. As a myth it has its uses; as a fact it will not fly. Archeologists and physical anthropologists now find trading practices among the earliest humans nearly 200,000 […]

The New Nile

Saturday, 12 February 2011, 13:46 | Category : Uncategorized
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The New Nile Homage to the Egyptian Revolution When Egypt fed the world with corn, It sucked the breast-milk of the Nile; The Pharaoh’s power, the Roman guile Drank from that plenteous horn. The new Nile is a Nile of light, The world’s bright screens, the cellphone’s glow; The fertile information-flow Makes fires in the […]

Julia Budenz

Thursday, 16 December 2010, 12:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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Coming immediately after the death of my friend Julius Fraser, the death last week of Julia Budenz, another dear friend, is almost too much for me. Julia came across my horizon in the mid-1980s when I was co-editing The Kenyon Review. I sometimes think she was one of America’s greatest poets of the time. She […]

In Memoriam, J. T. Fraser

Monday, 22 November 2010, 8:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Two days ago one of the great human beings of our time died quietly in Westport, Connecticut. For those who did not have the pleasure and the privilege of knowing Julius Fraser, perhaps you might imagine a sort of combination of Einstein, Yoda, Gandalf, Dr. Johnson, Socrates, the Old Testament God, and Groucho Marx. For […]