Ending in Light

There is a willow tree on Belle Isle that hangs over the Detroit River. At sunset, I would tightrope its thickest limb and jump into the water, breast-stroking there against the current so as not to float away beneath a sky bruised with Easter colors. Instead of God, I’d think of great blue herons and… More

Of Jingoism & Border Security

“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” — Hermann Göring (in an interview… More

Chris Bathgate

A stunning, human session by an extrodinary musician shot on the dazzling shores of Lake Huron. More

Will Oldham

A conversation about God, life, and love with a beautiful human being and one of America’s finest songwriters. More

Dan Beachy-Quick

Dan Beachy-Quick sits down with Ben to talk about the origins (mythological and otherwise) of his dynamic new set of poems “Shields & Songs”. More

Campbell McGrath

The acclaimed poet discusses his 100-poem project, getting to know Picasso, and the three poems that appear in this edition of “Fogged Clarity.” More

Process

An eighty-five word poem came out of these two weeks of morning scribblings on Marquette Island. The finished poem is not enclosed and differs significantly from what follows, but Ryan and I have invited hundreds of artists to join our blog to write about craft and share work so I thought I would open things up. More

Joshua Hodges

The lead singer of the Portland band Starfucker discusses mortality, music, and his most recent album, “Reptilians.” More

Photos – An Evening With The Clarity

Our recent event at the Howmet Playhouse was a huge success. A special thanks goes out to all of the artsits and all who attended. We truly appreciate those who support our endeavor and believe in the importance of artistic ventilation. I’m sure Ben has more to say about the event, but for the time… More

Tempus Fugit: Couplets for Stan Getz

Stephen Cramer The 16 inch slash from his left nipple around to his backbone wouldn’t cripple his style, but having his chest muscles cut, his ribs pried apart so surgeons could root through artery & bone: that might. Still, they collapsed his lung, steered toward the fist-sized tumor trapped between his heart & spine… Dis… More

Justin Cronin

To mark the paperback release of his latest novel, “The Passage,” Ben goes deep with acclaimed author Justin Cronin. More

A. Manette Ansay

The author of “Vinegar Hill” and “Good Things I Wish You” sits down to discuss her life and craft. More

Chris Bathgate

Singer and songwriter Chris Bathgate revisits the “salt year” that led to the creation of his new album. More

Jose Gonzalez

Songwriter Jose Gonzalez calls in from Sweden to discuss his life and work. More

John Dunsworth, aka Officer Jim Lahey

In a classic interview too good to edit, the man who plays “Trailer Park Boys'” Officer Jim Lahey fires off (intelligently) about government-sanctioned gambling, U.S. politics, and his character’s beloved liquor. More

Fred Thomas

In a rare interview, the prolific musician sits down to discuss his time with Saturday Looks Good to Me, his creative process, and his cyclical youth. More