Thursday, April 9, 2009
Surely the "golden apple" that Paris awarded to Aphrodite as the fairest of the goddesses was not an apple at all, but an abate fetel pear—beautifully golden, with a hint of blush, and shaped like a classical torso. First cultivated in France in the 1860s, the abate fetel has become my favorite variety of pear—lovely, flavorful, firm, and with a satisfying crunch even at the peak of its ripeness. It's also perfect in Martha Stewart's Pear Upside-Down Cake. Abate fetels are available at Just Food Coop in Northfield.
My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .
The frontispiece from Countee Cullen's The Black Christ and Other Poems (1929). Illustration by Charles Cullen. Click to enlarge. On...
Here's the poem I wrote and read for the student-organized International Day of Peace gathering in Bridge Square on Wednesday, Septembe...
In early August, the director of the Northfield Public Library, Teresa Jensen, asked me to write a poem to be displayed prominently in the...