All of Traveltainted

from Deep France: A Memoir
Joe Ashby Porter

from Deep France: A Memoir

A cold morning for Seattle. Since midnight in the Capitol Hill walkup, while Yves slept back down the hall, I’d kept myself at the cardboard desk, trying to write.
Home, or, The Quality Itself
Alan Seeger, Charles Baudelaire / Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edward Thomas, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Herman Melville, Richard Howard

Home, or, The Quality Itself

Now first, as I shut the door,
I was alone
In the new house; and the wind
Began to moan.
Reduced Circumstances
Annabel Davis-Goff

Reduced Circumstances

There was a paragraph in the newspaper today that I can’t get out of my mind.
Summer-Time
Dorothy Edwards

Summer-Time

The most foolish things happen to people in the summer.
Four Haiku
Charles Henri Ford

Four Haiku

Four cut-paper haiku, from mid-1960s, by the inimitable C.H. Ford.
Planning Mrs. Scott's Party: A Correspondence
Charles Henri Ford

Planning Mrs. Scott’s Party: A Correspondence

Thank you for your letter of yesterday. I had just talked to Baroness Bilxen and she is definitely planning to come with me...
Four New Poems
Gabriel Fried

Four New Poems

I was perfect when they came, all twenty
of my teeth aligned like stars within me.
Three Poems
Howard Altmann

Three Poems

One misstep and the river
takes you. Not so in love,
Notes Toward a Theory of Clothing
Sam Selinger

Notes Toward a Theory of Clothing

I have decided to write about clothing. I have decided clothing is the most erotic thing ever invented.
Three Short Takes
Sydney Lea

Three Short Takes

With few arts of my own to rely on, I liked to visit Irv’s shop, to watch him build a chair you could actually sit on.
Jaqueline the Enthusiast
Martin Riker

Jaqueline the Enthusiast

To have a conscience means to realize one’s own shortcomings, but not necessarily to act upon this knowledge.
Walking With The Believers
Patrick Kiley

Walking With The Believers

An Account of a Mexican Pilgrimage, or Every Pilgrimage.
Salon Painters / The Autobiography and Memoirs of Benjamin Robert Haydon
Benjamin Robert Haydon

Salon Painters / The Autobiography and Memoirs of Benjamin Robert Haydon

I would like to consider the normal maturation of a talent, in painting for example, and ask what qualities in the artist and what conditions in society make for success.
Three Poems
Elaine Equi

Three Poems

The God Molecule
scientists have discovered
is like a thickening agent
Poems
Ann McGarrell

Poems

Severn props me on my pony. I am a wraith, a doll.
Four Poems
Jerome Sala

Four Poems

The natural joined with the artificial to flavor this aid to social ease, peppered with mint crystals in the form of green pin pricks
A Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads
Walt Whitman

A Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads

PERHAPS the best of songs heard, or of any and all true love, or life's fairest episodes, or sailors', soldiers' trying scenes on land or sea, is the résumé of them,
The Lady of Deerpark
Seumas O'Kelly

The Lady of Deerpark

With what she received from the Court of Chancery she was able to hide herself away from the world.
Three Poems
Glenn Mott

Three Poems

The fact that I get to meet you for anything,
on a corner in New York City, fills me with awe
for the miracle of my entire existence.
El Credo De Isaac Albeniz Por Iberia
Bruce Kellner

El Credo De Isaac Albeniz Por Iberia

In the silence of the night, interrupted by the whispers of breezes perfumed with jasmine
Gertrude Stein as a Book Reviewer
Edward M. Burns

Gertrude Stein as a Book Reviewer

Credo
Charles Demuth

Credo

I have been urged by Mr. Lee Simonson – who, if he would, could do it much better (I too have other pleasures) – to write about my own paintings.
Unidentified man at left of photo
Jeff Bursey

Unidentified man at left of photo

GHOSTS, are you afraid of nova scotia?
Rupert Brooke’s Death And Burial
J. Perdriel-Vaissières, Vincent O’Sullivan (tr.)

Rupert Brooke’s Death And Burial

Based on the Log of the French Hospital Ship DUGUAY-TROUIN.
The Ten Dullest Authors: A Symposium (1923)
A Group of Eminent Literary Specialists

The Ten Dullest Authors: A Symposium (1923)

In 1923, nine of the most prominent literary experts were asked by the editors of Vanity Fair to name "the ten great writers whom they found most thoroughly boring.
Pedro Carolino's New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English
Mark Twain, Pedro Carolino

Pedro Carolino’s New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English


In this world of uncertainties, there is, at any rate, one thing which may be pretty confidently set down as a certainty:
Rings and Slot. Three of the Casinos in Nairobi County.
Isaac Iselin

Rings and Slot. Three of the Casinos in Nairobi County.

At Jokers’ Casino I am allowed complimentary grilled-cheese for a 2000 shilling stake any given night. A Fanta in glass was certainly on the table for a day’s bets, but only as a matter of inclination;
The Diary of a Forty-Niner
Chauncey L. Canfield

The Diary of a Forty-Niner

JUNE 29, 1851.—They are going to have a Fourth of July celebration and barbecue at Selby Flat in opposition to Nevada. Half a dozen more families have settled there in the last month. Both of the Missouri girls are married; women can't stay single long in this country.
Octaves in G
Howard Altmann

Octaves in G

This god, that god, your god.
The peacock is in the zoo.
The light-keeper is fanning colors.
The Arrangements
Spencer Gauthier

The Arrangements

The world is spinning and I realize
I’m the only poet at this Bain Capital party
There is one bottle of each of the best
High end spirits, a treadmill, and an Xbox,
Alkali Desert Stories
Dan Torop

Alkali Desert Stories

In 1861, Mark Twain traveled by stagecoach from St. Joseph, Missouri to the Nevada Territory.
Roman Sonnet
Lucas Hunt

Roman Sonnet

I ask for symbols and you deliver them.
An Iowa shirt, building sign, cup of grappa
at the hotel before an evening walk,
Three Short Essays
Sydney Lea

Three Short Essays

The world swelters, even at twilight on this August Sunday. My great love naps, her hair lank and humid across her forehead. The blunt protrusion of an empty wine bottle from last night’s party,
Skeletons in the Closet
Nora Johnson

Skeletons in the Closet

Ordinariness has always eluded me. Not that I ever searched for it very hard – it was too much fun to wow my classmates with tales of my rather colorful childhood...
Selected Journal Entries from Cedric Maunder, Minutes Secretary of the Pounsley Garden Society
Michael Madore

Selected Journal Entries from Cedric Maunder, Minutes Secretary of the Pounsley Garden Society


Fox Hunting, A Treatise by the Right Honorable Earl of Kilreynard Now Compiled and Illustrated by C. W. BELL.
Earl of Kilreynard

Fox Hunting, A Treatise by the Right Honorable Earl of Kilreynard Now Compiled and Illustrated by C. W. BELL.


Three Letters
Jason Viseltear

Three Letters

Dear P,
A colleague of mine who does long term restorations of important instruments has been bringing back to life the instrument the great cellist Pablo Casals...
Atlantic City / The Foreigners Who Trained With My Husband / Smoke
Victoria Lynn Kelly

Atlantic City / The Foreigners Who Trained With My Husband / Smoke


Nalda Said
Stuart David

Nalda Said

I've begun to think now that I maybe just panicked this afternoon, and then over-reacted some. But I'm still not sure yet, I still don't know for sure.
Georgian First Sentences, 1922, by 17 authors (with portraits)
Various

Georgian First Sentences, 1922, by 17 authors (with portraits)

Let us start at the beginning...
Songs in Helvetica
Stuart David

Songs in Helvetica

It begins. It thumps with glee.
A two note school-ruler-on-desktop buzz jam.
Snares crackle, bass drums thud,
And a haunted voice carrying fragile strands of melody
Hallucinatory Flights
Daniel Hayes

Hallucinatory Flights

Any sense of photography's miracle is largely passé, at least in theoretical circles; no one wants to be hoodwinked by the ...

Gaywyck
Vincent Virga

Gaywyck

Gaywyck, the first book of the Gaywyck Trilogy, was first published in 1980. Touted as the first Gay Gothic novel, ...

Considerations on the Death of a Dog (tr. Robert Bononno)
Jean Grenier

Considerations on the Death of a Dog (tr. Robert Bononno)

There was a time — I’m not sure how long it went on — when I lost interest. I simply forgot about him.
The Lamentations of Morgana Neri
James McCourt

The Lamentations of Morgana Neri

The Lamentations of Morgana Neri, Soprano, late of the Metropolitan Opera ...

Methylene Blue
Alan Fishbone

Methylene Blue

I was sitting around in New York unemployed when the phone call came: my old friend Arno’s wife Mary, in tears. The story she told me was roughly this: Arno had gone to the South of France to help sail a yacht across the Atlantic. The boat

LA 182
Matthew Corey

LA 182

Pretty much the main highway into Cajun country and the bayou out of New Orleans. ...

New Poems
R. Tristan DeWitt

New Poems

Brushing up against a body of water,
Her hand moves gently through the cool.

Though we stayed awhile,
We couldn't keep each other dry ...

4 + 1 by Baudelaire (tr. Frank Guan)
Frank Guan

4 + 1 by Baudelaire (tr. Frank Guan)

Six years ago I began to translate, one by one, the poems of Baudelaire. It was the summer of 2007, and I had just turned twenty-one and completed a third year of college ...

The Chantorel Workshop: Artists and their Habits (tr. Robert Bononno)
Frantz Jourdain

The Chantorel Workshop: Artists and their Habits (tr. Robert Bononno)

His eyes half closed, his arms crossed and his head bent, he rose and returned to his seat unthinkingly, without abandoning the ecstatic torpor into which he had plunged. ...

Careful Now
Ruth Josimovich

Careful Now

Alma Vassov leans forward at her desk, intent, silent, chin resting on tightly clasped hands, unread term papers before her. Unseen, Luc’s postcard from France — small gray stone church ...

Available Light
David Alexander

Available Light

As a poet/translator/teacher my partner Richard Howard has more books than one can count.

To This Day
Robert C.L. Crawford

To This Day

From a mountain on a snow-sprinkled field
Every shade of coolness opened
An avenue falling different to the eye.
Stuck betwixt the blinking ships ...

Four by Stu Watson
Stu Watson

Four by Stu Watson

He represses you to represent that which
Almost escapes imagination’s scope.
Thus, in an obvious allegory, he
Has kept you in a cage in a Cambridge suite,
Salvador Dalí: A Capsule Biography with Drawings
Elisabeth Kley

Salvador Dalí: A Capsule Biography with Drawings

In 1978, Christopher Makos photographed Andy Warhol kissing Salvador Dalí. For Warhol, it must have been a heartfelt moment of homage, since he was the only artist who ever approached Dalí’s mastery of publicity.
My Youthful Indiscretions, By Isaac Albéniz
Bruce Kellner

My Youthful Indiscretions, By Isaac Albéniz

I emerged from my mother’s exhausted womb after a dilatory gestation of eleven months and fifteen days to begin my stroll toward Iberia, with an heir presumptive’s wave, a whistler’s insouciant greeting in the key of Db where I was destined to linger in later years, and a bow to acknowledge the mid-wife’s applause.
Joseph Cornell's Stereopticon
David Saunders

Joseph Cornell’s Stereopticon

Think of the great American surrealist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) and consider the following description of a mysterious object­­ – a wooden structure with glass in front, through which one looks upon a dream world of celestial bodies, La Belle Époque, the Romantic Ballet, the Grand Hotels of Europe and all the visual wonders from the seven seas.
Chapters From Childhood: Reminiscences of an Artist’s Granddaughter
Juliet M. Soskice

Chapters From Childhood: Reminiscences of an Artist’s Granddaughter

Sometimes he smiled a different sort of smile—his whole face looked as if it were laughing and his eyes as well. But that was very rarely. Once, when he was having breakfast with a good many people one of his letters said that two very important people were coming to see his last big picture before it left the house. He looked round the table and said, “That will mean quite an expenditure on red...
A Dalí Quartet
FORD | HANNAH | HOWARD | GELDZAHLER

A Dalí Quartet

So many facets to Dalí. I’m always writing haiku about Dalí. Different thoughts come to me about Dalí, and one thought came to me, that Dalí used to be very pretty, very good-looking. Garcia Lorca fell in love with him. When pretty-boy Dalí outgrew his pretty-boy looks he became “clown Dalí.”
A Conversation between Ivy Compton-Burnett and Margaret Jourdain
Ivy Compton-Burnett and Margaret Jourdain

A Conversation between Ivy Compton-Burnett and Margaret Jourdain

M. J. We are both what our country landladies call “great readers,” and have often talked over other people’s books during this long quarter of a century between two wars, but never your books.
I. C. B. It seems an omission, as I am sure we have talked of yours. So let us remedy it.
The Landor Variations
E.M. Forster and Walter Savage Landor

The Landor Variations

I strove with none; for none was worth my strife,
Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art;
Clerihews
Jonathan WIlliams

Clerihews

The clerihew was invented in 1890 by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who was a schoolboy of 16 at St. Paul's in London when the divine numen of Orpheus struck him. His best one seems to me:
My Name Is Luchko
Anna Saar and Elizabeth Frank

My Name Is Luchko

With the end in 1989 of the forty-five year Communist regime in Bulgaria, the lives of ordinary Bulgarians were up-ended by the change of the economic system, and many found themselves impoverished for the first time in their lives.
Seven Clues
Marek Waldorf

Seven Clues

“Most heads are routine,” he says. “Set the attachment at one of eight lengths, then slide the clipper up the back stretch, cruising from base to crown. The trick to it is there’s no trick to it.
J.M.W. Turner, R.A.
William Russell

J.M.W. Turner, R.A.

It is in no spirit of detraction that I string together a number of descriptive anecdotes of this great painter's eccentricity of character and manner. They afford another illustration of the world-old truth, that the life of the highest and the best of us is woven of a mingled yarn of good and evil.
Recreational Writing: Leaves from My Notebook
Maggie Paley

Recreational Writing: Leaves from My Notebook

I was wrestling with despair, and I couldn’t imagine why anyone needed to download a movie to a cell phone in no time. Who watches a movie on a cell phone—and when?
An incident from the narrative EMPTY AMERICAN LETTERS which while taking place in Bulgaria pivots about a violent death of a woman in Upstate New York.
Thomas McGonigle

An incident from the narrative EMPTY AMERICAN LETTERS which while taking place in Bulgaria pivots about a violent death of a woman in Upstate New York.

On the first aerial toll-house, the soul is questioned about the sins of the tongue
Four Excerpts from "Safe House, Durable Goods" – an Unpublished Memoir
Hope Cooke

Four Excerpts from “Safe House, Durable Goods” – an Unpublished Memoir

The first year I moved to Brooklyn, before I'd begun to obsess about money, I'd lain convalescent all winter on my new sofa (my first sofa) reading, filling spiral notebooks, scouring the texts like a medieval scribe to burn them into my brain.
Poem to Cry In Ruins
Louis Aragon

Poem to Cry In Ruins

Translated by Jeff Clark

Let’s spit you and I let’s spit
on what we used to love
on what the two of us used to love
EVERY NIGHT, BYRON!
David Trinidad

EVERY NIGHT, BYRON!

SATURDAY

Tonight Ira went
to a dinner party
at Jenifer Berman's.
She works at BOMB.
I met her once: lost
it when I smelled her
Excerpt from Talking Cures, New Poems by Richard Howard
Richard Howard

Excerpt from Talking Cures, New Poems by Richard Howard

Two weeks ago I obtained your product dE-BARK
and attempted to obey the obscure
and for the most part inscrutable instructions ...
MS FND IN A LBRY: or, The Day Civilization Collapsed
Hal Draper

MS FND IN A LBRY: or, The Day Civilization Collapsed

From: Report of the Commander, Seventh Expeditionary Force, Andromedan Paleo-anthropological Mission    . . . What puzzled our research teams was the suddenness of collapse, and the speed of reversion to barbarism, in this multi-galactic ...
To Antoine Bibesco
Princess Marthe Bibesco

To Antoine Bibesco

Do you remember, Antoine, the spring morning when we argued about the Russian soul? We strolled up and down the Champs-Elysees, you and Georges and I, without bothering to notice ...

At Huysmans'
Jean Jacques Brousson

At Huysmans’

One evening the Abbe V—— of Saint-Sulpice took me to see Huysmans. His apartment near the Bon Marche is small but light. From the windows you see convent gardens and ...
Excerpt from 'Creaturely and Other Essays'
Devin Johnston

Excerpt from ‘Creaturely and Other Essays’

It's a bright morning in early May. I leash Chester, our border collie, and head south on Louisiana Avenue, the street empty of other pedestrians. We take a desultory pace, like an old couple out for a stroll. Leash looped around my forearm, I look up, watching for birds, while Chester sticks to the lawn strip with his head down ...
William Thackeray Visits the James Family in Paris and New York
Henry James

William Thackeray Visits the James Family in Paris and New York

The main resource of a small New York boy in this line at that time was the little sheath-like jacket, tight to the body, closed at the neck and adorned ...
Fables for Today's Kings
Ercole Luigi Morselli

Fables for Today’s Kings

One day Truth, quite naked, as she is wont to be when going about the world, appeared before the throne of a king. And hardly had they learned who she was and what she wanted to say, when the courtiers covered her with villainous abuse ...
Excerpt from 'Horoscope'
Leon-Paul Fargue

Excerpt from ‘Horoscope’

“Today, two years or so after our meeting in New York, I open Will Slotnikoff’s letter and to my amazement there drops out on the table a translation of Leon-Paul ...
An Excerpt from 'Earthquake'
Susan Barnes

An Excerpt from ‘Earthquake’

My father taught himself all about dogs. I’m not sure when it all started, but he was very thorough, and in Alaska he sent to the States for books–books on ...
An Invitation to a Group of Noble Dames
Bruce Kellner

An Invitation to a Group of Noble Dames

Alice Toklas survived for twenty years after the death of Gertrude Stein, a period that began in loneliness and ended in loneliness. In between she made a sufficiently full life ...

The Visitors

Rose Burlingham

The Visitors


When I was twenty-five I went to London with my then fiancé, to visit his grandmother. Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham was the youngest daughter of artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. She left ...

1977
Brooks Peters

1977

Once upon a time — or as the French say, il était une fois — I spent a summer in Paris as the guest of a friend of my father’s. I had ...

Island
Howard Altmann

Island

The moment one says it is a moment
of perfection, it is something less
Berlin: The City and The Court
Jules Laforgue

Berlin: The City and The Court

While the Emperor is, by nature, simple and self-effacing, the Empress is complicated and makes her presence felt.
Transatlantic Episodes
Max Ewing

Transatlantic Episodes

The Lethargic lay in the Southampton harbor, looking reluctant to pull out. Napier saw his baggage swung on board and went down to investigate his cabin. Unable to afford a first-class passage, he had insisted on traveling second-class against the advice of his friends who urged him to travel third.
Now Voyagers: The Night Sea Journey. Some Divisions of the Saga Of Mawrdew Czgowchwz, Oltrano. Authenticated by Persons Represented Therein. Book One.
James McCourt

Now Voyagers: The Night Sea Journey. Some Divisions of the Saga Of Mawrdew Czgowchwz, Oltrano. Authenticated by Persons Represented Therein. Book One.

 
The Train
William Benton

The Train

You’re like her, the way she stood beside him on the railroad platform, steadfast in out-of-date clothes, not knowing what it meant
Icehouse Burgess
Joe Ashby Porter

Icehouse Burgess

I grew up in a Kansas City icehouse, loving dogs with their furry muzzles when they’d sniff past the ropes and peeling posters of a morning for a wad of sausage casing, or even a handshake in the dank gloom where the duffers and me slung steaming blocks onto the loading platform straw. I did love those teary-eyed mongrels more unconditionally than I’ve ever thought to love any human or other vertebrate, not to...
November 1952
Charles Henri Ford

November 1952

Maria, our new housekeeper, who was working for the Leslie Fiedlers in Forio, phoned yesterday afternoon from Rome and we went to meet her at Frascati.  She nearly talked my ...

To John Ashbery
James Schuyler

To John Ashbery

We made it here, which is about as much as I can say for the trip. I’m afraid FP is emotionally unable to think of a drive as anything but another Dunkirk. In New London I did manage, by dint of taking Bruno for a quick trot, to peek into an ...
Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse
David Trinidad, Jeffery Conway, Lynn Crosbie

Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse

The high point of Simon and Schuster’s massive publicity campaign for Jacqueline Susann’s second “torrid roman à clef potboiler,” The Love Machine, was a party given for 500 booksellers at the 1969 ABA convention is Washington, D.C. ...
The Shape of a City, translated by Ingeborg M. Kohn
Julien Gracq

The Shape of a City, translated by Ingeborg M. Kohn

The shape of a city, as we all know, changes more rapidly than the heart of a mortal.  However it often happens that before being discarded, left behind to become ...

Lunch Break
Joshua Baldwin

Lunch Break

Upon my arrival in the city I slammed my mattress down on the ground and tried to fall asleep, but the screeching of the elevated trains kept me awake, so ...

Overheard
Duncan Hannah

Overheard

“Worship as many as you can see, and more will appear.” – Peter Sheffer

“You seem to be in dire need of romance.”

“In trying to corner the last pea on my plate” ...

Dear Aunt Sally,
Isaac Iselin

Dear Aunt Sally,

Dear Aunt Sally,

(H.S.H. the prince Jann of Winshatz-Lundberg-‘Sandburg’-Gluxberg):

This ties off a loose end of our business, I do hope you enjoy it. It is yours. The paper one will come ...

Italy – First Impressions
Matthew Corey

Italy – First Impressions

Outside the airport where the sun blazes, a brief but startling intro to how temperatures would rise during the day, freeze in the morning, then roast in the afternoon. A jacket’s a burden, no if’s and’s and but’s or ways around it. Up the hill where the school was a car blasted ...

Notes before a trip
Ann Shepardson

Notes before a trip

At this time I have five cats; Bodice, Susie, Spooky, Holly and Mrs. Brown.  Brenda Eddy at Main Street Feed, Durham 349-0410 is the best person to contact for help ...

The Crazed Pig of Conques
Edgar Oliver

The Crazed Pig of Conques

Edgar Oliver’s short performance of The Crazed Pig of Conques is here recorded as part of a live radio show, “Where have you been?” hosted by Brooklyn, NY artist Jeff Stark, ...