He’s (Still) Your Man

He’s (Still) Your Man

In the summer of 1969, with a getaway weekend at an acquaintance’s cottage on the Connecticut shore stymied by steady rain, I moped around alone in the rented space, bored stiff. Riffling through some record albums in the cluttered den, I came upon an LP that was beguiling in its starkness: bordered in black, the cover consisted of a single,…

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Writing Haiku for a More Resilient You

Writing Haiku for a More Resilient You

I’m sitting on my suburban New York back porch on a spring day, reading Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years for Tweetspeak Poetry. The wind picks up. I read through explanations of haiku, which are more complicated than one might guess, and I land on the observation that the kireji is a cutting word. I knew that. In a…

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan turns another year older on May 24, the usual gaggle of journalists and Dylanophiles will report the news with the same sense of head-scratching, how-can-it-be wonderment they’ve expressed on Dylan’s birthday ever since America’s rock ’n’ roll poet laureate hit middle age. It’s as if, as a nation of nostalgia hounds, we simply can’t get our minds…

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Rewire Your Day with a Haiku Walk

Rewire Your Day with a Haiku Walk

When I start to get overwhelmed and anxious, I have found that stepping out of my overscheduled life for a “haiku walk” can rewire my day. Traditionally, Japanese haiku walks are called gingkos, named after the tree, and are held in a place of historical or cultural significance or in an area of natural beauty. I live in Moscow, Russia,…

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