| Feb 15, 2009
Graywolf: 78 pp., $20
There are poets who show us the exterior world and poets who ferry news of their inner turmoil. Yet very few possess the double vision required to do both. Sylvia Plath surveyed and stoked the fires...
| Apr 12, 2008
By Wendy Smith
nyone familiar with "In Extremis," her Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of poet Laura Riding, knows Deborah Baker has little interest in conventional lives or conventional narrative.
Her new book, "A Blue Hand," which mostly follows...
| Sep 20, 2009
When I was in my early 20s, living in Berkeley and drifting toward a PhD in Russian literature, I started writing poetry. It was a completely unexpected development. I definitely hadn't been one of those kids in high school who worked for the literary...
| Jul 19, 2009
"On this day of drink and depression / I think about life on our Tuling farm / where will I be on the Ninth of next year / in such hard times I can't hope to go home," wrote the poet Wei Ying-Wu in the year 756 AD. At the time he was only about 20, and...
| Sep 2, 2009
| 6:54 AM
A Pike High School student nearly drowned Wednesday morning during a second period swimming class.
There 25 students in the class when a 14 year-old freshman went under water in the deep end of the swimming pool and didn't come up.
"It was just kind of,...
| Feb 21, 2010
In science fiction, there's dystopia and there's utopia.
There are the dark wizards of apocalypse, terrifying us with visions of humanity's grim comeuppance. And the starry-eyed fantasists, insisting how much better the future will be than the messy,...
| Nov 24, 2007
The California writer Wallace Stegner is well known to readers for novels such as "Angle of Repose" and "Crossing to Safety." But Stegner had another dimension, as an advocate for a literary West -- especially the West of mountains and desert and big...