I still own the first copy of Poetry
magazine I ever bought; the May 1981 issue aptly titled “First Appearances.” The simple two-color cover, once a fluorescent sea-green, is now badly faded, and the line drawing of a flying horse (Pegasus) illustrated by James Thurber is largely obscured by what looks like an ugly oil-stain.
Frederick W. Glasier seems to have traveled with the Barnum & Bailey Circus for a while, and maybe later with the Sparks Circus, and may have journeyed to the west, although certainly the better part of his photographs of Native Americans were taken in studio settings and could just as well have been made on the east coast.
I started collecting Cold War-era (i.e., from the end of WWII through détente) "X" paperbacks when I was 12 years old. From the pulp fiction pile in my grandfather's summer house in Maine, I smuggled home a 1945 Pocket Book edition of Philip MacDonald's Warrant for X
. I didn't want to read it; I was obsessed with the free-standing "X" on its cover: two swipes of red paint topped by two narrower swipes of white
THOMAS DE MONCHAUX
Sukkah City: NYC 2010 is a design/build architecture competition that will support and build a dozen experimental pavilions in Union Square Park in New York City this Fall. Here, co-organizer Thomas de Monchaux explores the very old questions that the sukkah seem to eternally inspire — as an idea, tradition, place, structure and festival. It's a perplexing design challenge, to say the least.
He is an extrovert. Gregarious, outspoken, delighted to work the crowd that is usually equally delighted to be in the room with him. She is poised, quieter, more reserved, less comfortable with the spotlight though no less deserving of its shine. Together they are confident in their choices, earnest in their vision, and determined to create something lasting in a profession that is too often ephemeral.
POEM OF THE WEEK
Q, a poem by Sharon Olds.