May 28, 2012

Cool-looking authors No. 38

Geoff Johns, author of "Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)" and numerous other comic book titles and also screenplays.

(Photo courtesy of DC Entertainment)

May 27, 2012

Sci-fi it's not

Rare is the young poet these days who doesn't dice our wired world into a baseline mirepoix.

— Dwight Garner, in his review of poet Michael Robbins' "Alien vs. Predator" in The New York Times, May 23, 2012

May 26, 2012


All around him, there are spies. 
Some of them are detached observers, 
like glass surfaces and still pools; 
others, such as coats in store windows, 
are prejudiced witnesses, lynchers at heart; 
others, again (running water, storms), 
are hysterical to the point of insanity, 
have a distorted opinion of him, 
and grotesquely misinterpret his actions. 
He must be always on his guard 
and devote every minute and 
module of life to the decoding 
of the undulation of things. 
The very air he exhales is 
indexed and filed away.

— Vladimir Nabokov, short story "Symbols and Signs," which I re-read after reading Lorrie Moore's short story "Referential" (New Yorker, May 28, 2012, issue)

May 25, 2012

Smooth Talker

the kind of girl
whose words
as easy
as cupcake batter.

— Sheri Reynolds, "The Sweet In-Between"

May 23, 2012

Animated poetry

Billy Collins' TED talk, in which he shares animations made of some of his poems. The esteemed Mr. Collins.

May 22, 2012

Magnetic Poetry Blues

The grunge-meets-gospel
chorus is nice, but the rest
sounds like it was written
with a magnetic poetry kit
she had left over from the '90s.

— Melissa Maerz (Entertainment Weekly review of Alanis Morissette's new single, "Guardian," in May 25, 2012, issue)

May 16, 2012

Hair Ball

In Hong Kong,
Gaga rocked
a dress made
from the manes
of thousands of
My Little Ponies.

— From Rolling Stone's "Random Notes" feature (May 24, 2012 issue)

May 15, 2012


She could never
be a saint, but
she thought she
could be a martyr
if they killed her quick.

— Flannery O'Connor, "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" short story

May 10, 2012


Always swimming underwater,
the black waves of her hair
flowing behind her
like a school of eels.

— Junot Diaz, "Miss Lora" (short story in The New Yorker, April 23, 2012)

May 7, 2012


Just because
a place is
on a body

of water
doesn't make
it a resort.

 — Sheri Reynolds, "The Sweet In-Between"