Book review: The English Teacher, by Lily King

The English Teacher, Lily King, Grove Press, 256 pages Oh, oh, oh, what a beautifully written book! King’s prose shines in this bewildering story of the love and anguish between a mother and son. Vida, who teaches high school English, is harboring a terrible secret, and one she’s kept inside for years. After she marries… Read More Book review: The English Teacher, by Lily King

Goodbye, Rod McKuen (or, what is “real” poetry)

Well, it happened: My adolescent crush died. Rod McKuen passed away last Thursday. According to a New York Times article, McKuen, 81, had been ill with pneumonia. McKuen’s numerous poetry books (29) sold millions, and he also penned popular songs. (Remember Seasons in the Sun? “We had joy/we had fun/we had seasons in the sun/….”) While McKuen… Read More Goodbye, Rod McKuen (or, what is “real” poetry)