Vocation (noun): occupation, calling, field, business: Poetry

Where in the world is there room for this: the daisy could stay forgotten, pressed between pages until disintegration, no one remembering to care. So you memorize this: how we placed the daisy so gently under the passage we together read, how we placed the book in its dusty place on a shelf. By day… More

Ode to the Grandiose

Martha Serpas The time change had me up at dawn, which ordinarily wouldn’t happen. The orchard was still soggy, the elk had already been through, leaving their little Milk Duds. I missed out on the bears as well, which you’d think would have depressed me, considering I was up before the bewildering light. There were… More

Untitled Sequence

Simon Perchik Its arms still around her, this dirt clings between what’s left behind and the rain –-its stones stare back can’t make out the fingers nearby easily yours and with each handful something that is not her forehead just the over and over nearness you pull closer and with your mouth welcomes this dirt,… More

Classics: Will Oldham Interview

Will Oldham joins me again, and this interview gives me chills. In an inspiring and introspective conversation, one of America’s greatest songwriters thoughtfully discusses tenets by which he works and lives, and why fear isn’t in the cards. More

Will Oldham II

Will Oldham joins me again, and this interview gives me chills. In an inspiring and introspective conversation, one of America’s greatest songwriters thoughtfully discusses tenets by which he works and lives, and why fear isn’t in the cards. More

At the Beach, After the Fact

Patricia O’Donnell Four young women make their way through groups of people on spread-out towels and blankets. This is the third day of unusually warm weather for June in Maine, and the beach is crowded. They find a spot close to the water, near the line where the sand is wet, and shake out their… More

Simon Perchik, Celestial Recess 3

Simon Perchik While the sun spreading out in the light from your shirt wrung dry, its cuffs rolled back –shores are born this way reaching around, even here its sleeves are still visible and in your eyes that first emptiness in all directions at once :light takes forever now looks for you as if it… More

Simon Perchik, Celestial Recess 1

Simon Perchik Its power comes from this froth –never mind there’s no caldron to make sense, you drink listening to bubbles work a cure are healed when the fountain touches you, smelling from gauze and nursing homes –the old have no choice, they let the faucet run and for a while wait at the sink… More

Will Oldham

Ben goes on an aural adventure with musician and actor Will Oldham, known to many as Bonnie “Prince” Billy. More