Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe

From February, 2002 to March, 2009 I wrote a column called City Type for The Boston Globe. The columns were conversations with Boston-area writers and poets and are archived here.

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poem of the month

Adapting to Circumstances

"I cut a piece of brown paper
the size of the picture," she
tells her companion at the
table next to mine. "Then I
tape it to the wall, move it to find
the right place. How else
can you hang a picture
when you live alone?"

I sip my tea, think of the antique lace blouse
bought on a drizzly day along the Loire. I
held it to my raincoat, gambled on the size,
handed over crazy francs, wore it often,
sleeve ends ruffled on my wrists. He
would fumble with the covered buttons
down the back, high collar to peplum waist.

Afterwards, I wore it once,
knocking on a neighbor's door
for buttoning. In the bathroom
after dinner, a friend undid
the back. I drove home with
the blouse drooping loose
beneath my coat.

Read more poems here.


Friday, December 12, 7:30 pm
Chapter and Verse,
Loring Greenough House,
Jamaica Plain,
with Alan Smith

good news

I am part of an anthology, "The Widows' Handbook"

Garrison Picks Ellen:
My poem, "Letter Home" is in Garrison Keillor's anthology, "Good Poems, American Places." Hear him read it.

Two of my poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

"Why I Write"--brief essays by poets, including me.

quote of the month

"Forever is composed of nows."

Emily Dickinson

CenterPiece is a one-person play I have written and that I perform. It looks at the patchwork of life experiences we all share, from assimilating our family legends to learning about love and loss to finding our own voices and moving into the center of our lives. Click here for more info.
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