Real Work: Interview with Terry Cahill

December 17th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Dana Colcleasure, blue...

Dana Colcleasure Escape Into Life: Terry, in September you led a poetry workshop at a Male Spirit Retreat at LaSalle Manor in Plano, Illinois, in connection with the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality. Was this the first time you had attended such a retreat? Or do you often present poetry workshops of this sort? Meaning, […]

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Disgraced at the Lyceum Theatre

December 15th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
Maja Ruznic, Lovers

Maja Ruznic Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, 149 W. 45th St, New York, NY Reviewed by Scott Klavan on December 13, 2014  Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama by the popular new playwright Ayad Akhtar, is an expert “Issue Play,” a work that takes current, provocative concerns and problems and distills them […]

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Erica Goss

December 10th, 2014 | Poetry | 3 Comments
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Celyn Brazier Blue This morning a song hits you like graffiti, grabs you in its fist, revives an itch, like the filmy skin under an old tattoo remembers the stylus loaded with color hovering. Arrhythmia No doctor can explain the irregular, cavorting pulse of my son’s heart, its refusal to beat like other hearts. It […]

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C’est de la Bombe

December 5th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Black Rock: An Eddie Dougherty Mystery, by John McFetridge ECW Press, 2014 Reviewed by Seana Graham Montreal, 1970, and the world’s gone a bit bonkers. Bombings and kidnappings have taken the global stage, and nowhere is this truer than in Montreal. In the past couple of years, over two hundred bombs have been set in […]

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Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2014

December 3rd, 2014 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Randy Mora, My Favourite Indepedent Bookshop, gays-the-word, 2011

Randy Mora Pushcart Prize Nominees: for poems published in 2014 Kelly Cressio-Moeller, “First Milk”  Published November 5, 2014 Lauren Gordon, “Divorce Poem #14” Published May 14, 2014 John Guzlowski, “Life Story” Published June 25, 2014 Lynne Knight, “To My Rapist” Published September 3, 2014 Nick McRae, “Fishing the Black Warrior with Adam” Published October 1, […]

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Escape-Into-Chris: Reading to My Father

November 26th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Jonathan Koch, mandarin_on_books

Jonathan Koch Happy Thanksgiving 2014!  Often for holidays we revisit the writings of our founding editor, Christopher Al-Aswad (1979-2010). This time we present excerpts from “My Reading Years,” a college paper Chris wrote while attending DePaul University in Chicago. The assignment is to write a sort of reading autobiography. What made you the reader/writer you […]

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After Basho

November 21st, 2014 | Book-Reviews | 3 Comments
kimiko hahn narrow road

The Narrow Road to the Interior: Poems by Kimiko Hahn W.W. Norton, 2006.  Reviewed by Julie C. Graham Kimiko Hahn’s The Narrow Road to the Interior is a memoir, poetry and essay collection all written in the zuihitsu style. Hahn’s essay/poems have a gentle rhythm that’s hard to nail down but easy to flow into. […]

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Dorothy Grostern

November 20th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Drawings, Mixed-Media | No Comments
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  So Many Dreams, mixed media on paper, 41″ x 29″, 2012 You Know, mixed media on paper, 41″ x 29″, 2012 Toss, mixed media on paper, 41″ x 29″ 2012 I Didn’t Know, I Didn’t See, I Didn’t Understand, mixed media on paper, 41″ x 29″, 2011 People Cry, diptych, mixed media on paper, 30″ […]

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Paul Hostovsky, Naming Names

November 19th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
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EJ Miley, Jr. Naming Names by Paul Hostovsky Main Street Rag, 2014 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, EIL Poetry Editor We’re coming up on Thanksgiving, and I’m giving thanks for Naming Names, by Paul Hostovsky. It makes me laugh, and it makes me feel sorry for the Presidents, namely the ones in “Feeling Sorry for the […]

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Dana Colcleasure

November 13th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Photography | No Comments
Dana Colcleasure, EIL Stuck Series, Ensenberger building

Images from the Stuck Series Artist Statement My most recent series, Stuck, is a pretty clear departure from my previous work and that is one of the reasons I’m enjoying it so much. Over the past few years, I have been experiencing a problem with my hip that was only recently discovered to be a […]

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Lauren Camp: The Dailiness

November 12th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Andrea D'Aquino, Bathers

Andrea D’Aquino  The Dailiness by Lauren Camp Edwin E. Smith Publishing, December 2013  Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, EIL Poetry Editor Lauren Camp has had a stellar year. Her book, The Dailiness, won the 2014 National Federation of Press Women Book Prize, and her manuscript One Hundred Hungers won the 2014 Dorset Prize, judged by David […]

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Please Release Me, Let Me Go

November 7th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Release by Hope Russell Nunki Noon Key Productions LLC, 2014 Reviewed by Ashley Devick In the midst of the hustle and the bustle of daily life, it’s easy to let the days, weeks and even years pass by, becoming inured to a state in which unhappiness has taken hold. Odds are, as is the case […]

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Kelly Cressio-Moeller

November 5th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Meghan Howland, destroyer_575

Meghan Howland The Morning Birds                              after W.S. Merwin Sometime before the sky broke at the end of summer you left our bed dead birds in the fountain decaying in the copper basin a soft cough of feathers and the unraveling of the sun and of the day and of days where everyone I didn’t […]

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Hopkinson for Halloween

October 31st, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Skin Folk by  Nalo Hopkinson  Aspect, 2001. Reviewed by Julie C. Graham   In Skin Folk, Nalo Hopkinson’s short stories blend Caribbean folk tales and science fiction to pleasingly creepy effect. The author’s speculative fiction plays with the idea of people having an “Other” living within the boundaries of their own human skin. Hopkinson’s adept […]

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In Cat Country

October 29th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Kevin Nance, Lion's Mouth

Kevin Nance  Julie Brooks Barbour In Another Country We took a shortcut through a small overgrown lawn to reach a castle built by London architects in 1800. Feral cats scattered, avoiding us, and mice scurried over and under our feet. I had never traveled outside America. You liked how I described my new surroundings, the […]

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Smoke Signals

October 24th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Harvest by Jim Crace Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Vintage Books, 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham Not one but two twists of smoke rise at the opening of British author Jim Crace’s 2013 Booker Prize shortlisted novel. They signify two different things, but each in its own way spells trouble. The initially more innocent one is set […]

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The Belle of Amherst

October 23rd, 2014 | Theatre | 1 Comment
Belle horizontal, trunk of poems, credit Carol Rosegg

The Belle of Amherst, by William Luce  Off-Broadway, Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St., New York, NY  Reviewed by Scott Klavan on October 18, 2014  What happens to make a project go wrong? Intentions are always good, cast and crew professional and dedicated, producers will know what will work or won’t, or should know. […]

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Cat-at-Strophe

October 22nd, 2014 | Poetry | 2 Comments
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During the dog days of summer, we present a mini-anthology of dog poems by EIL poets. Now, in October, it’s equal time for cats! Click on each poet’s name to be taken to her/his solo feature, and look for more links at the end, and more cat poems next week. As if there weren’t already […]

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Via Basel: Green Wedding!

October 21st, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Via Basel, EIL header, Helen.John.Newlyweds-Beth Laurren

Wedding Photo Credit: BethLaurren Photography This past September, Basel was asked to officiate at the wedding of his son’s dear friend, John. Here is the speech he gave at this joyous occasion, the wedding of  Helen Elizabeth Snarski & John Kertz Griffin, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, Dr. Basel Al-Aswad and Brother Joseph Kilikevice, OP, officiating.  Dear […]

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Love Letters, a Theatre Review by Scott Klavan

October 18th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
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Erika Kuhn Love Letters by A.R. Gurney Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street, New York, NY Reviewed by Scott Klavan on October 16, 2014 Love Letters is a tribute to the unmodern. The two-character play by A.R. Gurney from 1989, explores a years-long relationship between an affluent white man and woman through the voluminous […]

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Page Turner

October 16th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Mixed-Media | No Comments
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Pinafore & Feathers, Assemblage, 10″ x 4″ x 4″, 2012 Ethereal A-Line, Assemblage, 8″ x 5″ x 5″, 2012 Spirit Couture #1, Assemblage, 6″ x 5″ x 5″, 2012 Sovereign Pelisse, Assemblage, 7″ x 5″ x 5″, 2012 Cloak & Dagger, Assemblage, 10″ x 4″ x 4″, 2012 Sugar Sack Gown, Assemblage, 14″ x 5″ […]

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Via Basel: Male Spirit Retreat

October 15th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Alex Roulette, Hedges

Alex Roulette In mid-September, Basel Al-Aswad attended the Male Spirit Retreat at LaSalle Manor in Plano, Illinois, an offering of the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, based in Oak Park. EIL’s founder, Christopher R. Al-Aswad, had accompanied his father on this men’s retreat twice before, and this time Basel accompanied John Griffin, Chris’s best friend […]

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Scotland’s Calling

October 10th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Findings by Kathleen Jamie Sort of Books, 2005, Graywolf Press, 2007 Reviewed by Julie C. Graham Kathleen Jamie writes about what’s in her own backyard and, not too far beyond her yard, some of the Scottish Isles. She notes things that most of us would overlook, like the way that ospreys and peregrines both lay […]

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Killing of Sister George

October 8th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
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PHOTO CREDIT: MARIELLE SOLAN PHOTOGRAPHY The Killing of Sister George Off-Broadway, TACT @ Beckett Theatre, Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd St. Reviewed by Scott Klavan  Fading British radio actress June Buckridge is a “devil when aroused,” says her lover Alice “Childie” McNaught, in TACT’s Off-Broadway revival of Frank Marcus’ serio-comic play The Killing of Sister George. […]

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Fear Nothing

October 8th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Mahbubur Rahman, rock on beach

Mahbubur Rahman Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past, poems by Angie Macri Finishing Line Press, 2014 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, EIL Poetry Editor It’s October, a time to test our fears, remember the dead, and encounter any displaced souls of the past. Angie Macri’s chapbook, Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past, […]

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A Sleekit Wee Book

October 3rd, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
belfast noir

Belfast Noir, edited by Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville Akashic Books, 2014 Reviewed by Seana Graham I’ve been looking forward to this recent offering from Akashic Books ever since I heard it was in the works. The Brooklyn based Akashic began their highly successful International Noir series in their own backyard back in 2004 with […]

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Nick McRae

October 1st, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Craig Hunter Parker

Craig Hunter Parker Fishing the Black Warrior with Adam We’re north of Tuscaloosa on the bank, the churning river calm in our green cove this time of day. The channel cats outflank us, snatch our bait, predict our every move. There’s nothing in the water here we can’t go home without, and we’ve got Diet […]

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Contributor News, Fall 2014

September 24th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Andrea KOWCH_Far-Away, grasshoppers and corn

Andrea Kowch   It’s fall! Here are a few of the things our EIL contributors are up to this fall!  Several EIL poets appear in the fall issue of Tinderbox! Check out the table of contents, where you’ll find Carol Berg, Lauren Camp, Emari DiGiorgio, Susan Rich, Sally Rosen Kindred, Martha Silano, Sarah J. Sloat, […]

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Peripatetic in Patagonia

September 19th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin Jonathan Cape, 1977, Penguin Classics, 2003 Reviewed by Julie C. Graham In Patagonia is a travelogue of Bruce Chatwin’s rich adventures in the long, southernmost expanse of South America. Chatwin begins the story in his grandmother’s dining room, where … there was a glass-fronted cabinet and in the cabinet a […]

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Nicola Slattery

September 18th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments
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A Good Read, drypoint print, 20 cms x 23cms, 2009 Cat with Stripes, drypoint print, 21 cms x 21 cms, 2013 Catnap, collagraph print, 20 cms x 20 cms, 2013 Curious Friends, acrylic painting on board, 60  cms x 60 cms, 2004 Hallowed Cat, acrylic painting on board, 58 cms x 58 cms, 2006 Woman […]

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Maria Terrone

September 17th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Rune Guneriussen, chairs in water

Rune Guneriussen John Milton Ate an Olive a Day to recall Italy, to conjure contessas’ lips– slick, slightly opened, as if to savor him. Or had he misconstrued? Was the flavor of ripe vowels their pleasure, the O so dolci sip of Petrarch’s language, its rise and dip like waves upon the air what they […]

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It Took a Village

September 12th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham The Penguin Press, 2014 Reviewed by Seana Graham I’ve been absorbed in this new work on the censorship of Ulysses over the past few weeks for several reasons. As a longstanding member of a group that reads Finnegans Wake together every couple […]

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Best of the Net Nominations 2014

September 10th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
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Paul Sierra Best of the Net Nominations 2014 [for work published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014]  Poetry Nominees  Julie Brooks Barbour  “If you had never known fear” [October 9, 2013] Kelly Cockerham “Legacy” [June 18, 2014]  Nick Courtright “The Gun” [October 2, 2013]  Matthew Murrey “Child Sobbing at the Library” [December 11, […]

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South Seas Serendipity

September 5th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Darwin’s Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution, by Iain McCallum Norton, 2009 The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert Viking Penguin, 2013 The Sun is God, by Adrian McKinty Serpent’s Tail, 2014, Seventh Street Books (American edition), 2014   Reviewed by Seana Graham Sometimes one book leads to another—interest, […]

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Lynne Knight

September 3rd, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
EdFairburn, Germany

Ed Fairburn The Vacancy I don’t remember when I stopped not believing in God. I was afraid to tell anyone for fear I would be seen as weak and foolish, believing again in something my own father had said was malarkey. So the exact day or hour eludes me. No falling-down-in-the-road revelation like Saint Paul’s. […]

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Scott Klavan’s Talk at Heartland Theatre Company

August 29th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
Adrian Samson, White Light Series, open heart

Adrian Samson You Don’t Have To Be (So) Depressed About Writing for the Theater  By Scott Klavan  EIL’s theatre writer, Scott Klavan, an actor, director, and playwright working in New York, was the guest playwright and final judge of a one-act play competition in the Midwest this summer.  He gave a public talk on the […]

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Via Basel: Interview with a Mentor

August 27th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 3 Comments
Mentoring--Basel, Kavita, mentees at counter

  Dr. Basel Al-Aswad is the father of Escape Into Life’s founding editor, Christopher R. Al-Aswad (1979-2010). Basel was a mentor to his son and is still a mentor to doctors entering his field. Basel will continue his mentoring at EIL by way of his Via Basel contributions here—short essays, speeches, or interviews. Below is […]

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Husbanding memories

August 22nd, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life by Abigail Thomas Knopf, 2000, Anchor, 2001 Reviewed by Julie C. Graham   In Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life, Abigail Thomas creates a vivid, non-linear memoir.  Thompson writes about her life in three parts, each segment circling around the relationship she had with her now deceased […]

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Kevin Nance

August 21st, 2014 | Artist Watch, Photography | 1 Comment
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Ghost He Turns His Back Two Girls Beauty Shop Sunset No Lifeguard on Duty Rainy Night Egress Grand Tour Artist Statement I don’t have a deeply theoretical basis for my photography. I shoot what catches my eye, a phenomenon that’s more instinctive and intuitive than intellectual. It’s fair to say that I’m not much interested […]

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Kristin Berkey-Abbott

August 20th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
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Lara Scarr Life in the Holocene Extinction I complete the day’s tasks of e-mails and reports and other paperwork. I think about which species have gone extinct in the amount of time it takes to troll the Internet. I squash a mosquito. He drives to the grocery store to pick up the few items he […]

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The Poetry of Roof Repair

August 14th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Sarajo Frieden, rooftops

Sarajo Frieden A while back—let’s say 2013, when these two books came out—I was struck by the coincidence of finding two poems about roof repair with children involved in the labor. One is “Child’s Play,” by Jannett Highfill, in her chapbook A Constitution of Silence. The other is “Autobiography as Muscle Memory,” by Sandy Longhorn, […]

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On Les Aura!

August 8th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
line of fire barroux

Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier—August, September, 1914 by Barroux Translation by Sarah Ardizzone, Introduction by Michael Morpurgo Editions de Seuil, 2011, Phoenix Yard Books Ltd, 2014 Reviewed by Seana Graham July 28th marked the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, and I thought it would be a good thing […]

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Annmarie O’Connell

August 6th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Carly Ashdown, Preparing-for-Fight

Carly Ashdown The Polish teenager working behind the deli counter, the one with “thug life” tattooed on his skinny neck, happened to you. Today seemed so good something’s taking shape in you being alive and whatever it is that seemed to have died inside you is now worn on the outside of your body where […]

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Pamela H. Viola

July 31st, 2014 | Artist Watch, Photography | 1 Comment
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Enjoying the View, pigment prints, 20″ x 20″, 2013 Hesitance, pigment prints, 20″x 20″, 2013 Hat in Hand, pigment prints, 20″ x 20″, 2013 Faceless Man with Holi Dog, pigment prints, 20″ x 20″, 2013 Balance, pigment prints, 20″ x 20″, 2013 Adversaries Face Off, pigment prints, 20″ x 20″, 2013 Paper Doll, pigment prints, 20″ […]

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Christina Lovin’s Echo

July 30th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Echo_front_cover--book by Christina Lovin

Christina Lovin’s book Echo (Bottom Dog Press, 2014) has poems about the satellites Echo 1 and Echo 2, Sputnik 2 (which took a dog into space), hot summer nights, cornfields, and Patsy Cline. It’s got gorgeous sonnet crowns about movie stars, American culture, and the dark reality of the nuclear age. And many echoes in […]

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Ahem

July 25th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
let me clear my throat

Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello Sarabande, 2012 Reviewed by Julie C. Graham In her book of essays, Let Me Clear My Throat, Elena Passarello writes around the central theme of voice.   This is not voice, in the literary sense, as in an author’s style or persona.  These are essays to do with […]

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Circle of Life, Via Basel

July 25th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Basel and Mandy, b&w

This year there was much joy for the EIL family as well as for the families of Mandy Al-Aswad and Thomas Steinmetz. Mandy and Thomas got married on May 24, 2014. Basel Al-Aswad welcomed his new son-in-law to the family with a tender embrace during the ceremony and also in a sweet, funny, loving speech in […]

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Dog Days 2014

July 23rd, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
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EJ Miley, Jr. Matthew Murrey The Very Dogs I was at once emptying the Cistern of Nature, and making Water at the Wall.  At the same Time, there came a Dog, who did so too, before me.  Thought I; “What mean, and vile Things are the Children of Men, in this mortal State! How much […]

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It Takes Guts: Antony and Cleopatra

July 22nd, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
The_Death_of_Cleopatra by Reginal Arthur

 The Death of Cleopatra by Reginald Arthur (1892) Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Illinois Shakespeare Festival Regional Theatre, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois  Reviewed by Scott Klavan, July 19, 2014  The Illinois Shakespeare Festival says on its website that Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra is an “often-requested, seldom-performed love story.”After considering the world in which we live, and […]

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Robbie Porter

July 17th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Illustration | 1 Comment
Imaginary Friend

Jungle, Illustration Anarchy in Science, Illustration Walkies, Illustration Let Your Mind Wander, Illustration Teatime, Illustration Behind the Scenes, Illustration Self-Portrait, Illustration Imaginary Friend, Illustration Artist Statement My name is Robbie Porter. I’m an award-winning illustrator. My work is fun, bold, and sometimes a little surprising. About the Artist Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1985, Robbie […]

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The Unleashable Dog

July 16th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
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EJ Miley, Jr. The Unleashable Dog, by Charles Rafferty Steel Toe Books, 2014 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, EIL Poetry Editor In The Unleashable Dog, by Charles Rafferty, something odd or unexpected keeps being revealed as perfectly natural, after all, in these lovely, funny, strange and wonderful lyric and narrative poems. Several appeared together in Appetites, […]

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Atomic at the Acorn

July 14th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
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Atomic by Danny Ginges, Gregory Bonsignore, and Philip Foxman Off-Broadway, Acorn Theatre Reviewed by Scott Klavan, July 12, 2014 The creators of Atomic, the impassioned new Off-Broadway musical about the building of the atom bomb, can’t leave well-enough alone. The story is told from an unusual and clever angle, focusing on lesser-known physicist Leo Szilard, […]

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Dog Days in Manhattan

July 11th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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  A Dog About Town, by J.F. Englert Dell, 2007 Reviewed by Seana Graham In keeping with our “dog days” theme this month, I was reminded of this very charming mystery featuring Randolph, the intellectual black Labrador, and his owner Harry. Randolph is not only bright enough to speak (to us only, though—in his own […]

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The Art of Sports: Hurry Up

July 9th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
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  The Art of Sports: Hurry Up and Enjoy Ann Arbor By Mark Lewis Hurry Up. That sums up the philosophy of Fielding H. Yost, the University of Michigan football coach from 1901 to 1926. That also became Yost’s nickname as his “point-a-minute” Wolverine squads ran roughshod over opponents. According to University of Michigan legend, […]

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Scott Klavan to Direct, Speak, and Teach

July 7th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
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EIL’s theatre writer, Scott Klavan, is directing a new play this summer, to be performed at the New Ohio Theatre, New York, a home for innovative, alternative theatre, in August. My Stubborn Tongue, written and performed by Anna Fishbeyn, is about a woman who tackles the English language as a way to escape being “defined […]

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EJ Miley, Jr.

July 3rd, 2014 | Artist Watch | 1 Comment
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  Artist Statement  Those of us in the creative world, those that are the authors and custodians of our shared culture(s) understand that ‘we create, because we must.’ Many of my contemporaries, and certainly those that came before us…and hopefully, those that will follow us, realize that the best way to be creative, to insure […]

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Shar-Pei with Pearl

July 2nd, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
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EJ Miley, Jr. In July, we enter the Dog Days of Summer, starting with up close and personal dog portraits with a sense of humor by artist EJ Miley, Jr. Here we have Shar-pei with pearl, modeled on Vermeer, and look for more dog portraits tomorrow in Miley’s solo Artist Watch feature here at EIL. […]

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The Master Puppeteer

June 27th, 2014 | Book-Reviews, Uncategorized | No Comments
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  Sabbath’s Theatre by Philip Roth HMH 1995, Vintage 1996 Reviewed by Seana Graham “It began, I think, because I was looking for a place to be buried,” says Philip Roth about Sabbath’s Theatre, winner of the 1995 National Book Award (his second). He had recently buried a close friend in a cemetery near his […]

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John Guzlowski

June 25th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Margarita Georgiadis, risking_enchantment

Margarita Georgiadis What Reading Means To Me There are books I love. When I read them I feel tears Come to my eyes. You know What I mean. Sometimes You’ll be sitting in a car Reading a novel you’ve read before Waiting for your wife or husband To get done with the shopping And you […]

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Andrea Kowch

June 19th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Painting | 1 Comment
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An Invitation, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 48″, 2013 Far Away, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″, 2014 Her Thoughts They Hum, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″, 2014 Light Keepers, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 72′, 2014 Nocturne, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″, 2013 Pheasant Keeper, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2011 […]

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Kelly Cockerham

June 18th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
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Ryan Mrozowski Mockingbird Don’t use those words— some letters stain. Prick of that note—just now— on new leaves draws blood. I know how tunes unravel over time. Even the most well-intentioned are woven into your nest with my discarded hair. What is it about dishes that break me, hands sunk wrist deep in soapy water? […]

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Father’s Day 2014: A Father’s Welcome

June 15th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Mandy and Basel

Welcome to the Family a welcome-to-the-wedding speech, a welcome to the family, and a toast to the newlyweds by Basel Al-Aswad upon the occasion of his daughter’s marriage, May 24, 2014 مرحبا Good-evening!  Family and friends, I welcome you all. We have guests and family here tonight from London, Canada, Puerto Rico, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, […]

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The Wolfhound Century

June 13th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
life and fate

Life and Fate, by Vasily Grossman, translated by Robert Chandler NYRB Classics 2012, Editions L’Age d’Homme, 1980, Collins Harville translation copyright, 1985 Reviewed by Seana Graham The wolfhound century leaps at my shoulders, But I am no wolf by blood.                           Mandelstam, quoted in Life and Fate  In February of 1961, three KGB agents came to Vasily […]

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Nance Van Winckel

June 11th, 2014 | Poetry | No Comments
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  Nance Van Winckel had two new books out in 2013: Pacific Walkers, her sixth collection of poems (U of Washington Press), and Boneland, her fourth book of linked stories (U of Oklahoma Press). The recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry Northwest, Crazyhorse, Field, and Gettysburg Review. A collage […]

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The Art of Sports: World Cup Mania

June 10th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
Porftugal's Ronaldo.

  World Cup mania is here By Mark Lewis The World Cup, soccer’s grandest show, begins this week in Brazil. And there are some burning questions that need to be asked. Will the favorite’s role be too heavy of a burden for Brazil? Ghana’s most famous witch doctor says he’s responsible for Portuguese star Cristiano […]

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Rob Carney

June 4th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Paul Tremblay, The-teacher-2009

Paul Tremblay If We Can Believe Statistics, then sixteen people reading this are thinking about sex. Or sixteen were until I mentioned it; now there’s a ninety-percent chance that number is all, which proves that math isn’t boring, that math puts one and one together, baby, and the curves on a fine-lookin’ 3 can turn […]

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The Realistic Joneses

May 31st, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
Frederic Bourret, morning-news

Frederic Bourret The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno Broadway, Lyceum Theatre Reviewed by Scott Klavan, May 29, 2014 The Realistic Joneses, a new Broadway play by innovative, celebrated playwright Will Eno, featuring four popular stars, was completely rejected by The Tony Awards in April, receiving no nominations. It was controversial and surprising at the time, […]

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Three Cheers for Mrs. Hurtle!

May 30th, 2014 | Book-Reviews, Uncategorized | No Comments
way we live now

The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope Chapman and Hall, 1875, Penguin Classics, 2002 Reviewed by Seana Graham Though written in the late nineteenth century, The Way We Live Now has a good deal to say about the way we live now, which is why it might be a good time to pick it […]

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Mandy and Thomas Got Married!

May 28th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 3 Comments
Mandy and Thomas, welcome to our wedding

Over the weekend, our EIL CEO, Mandy Al-Aswad, got married to Thomas Steinmetz at the beautiful Radisson Blu hotel in Chicago! Best wedding ever! The delightful ceremony, lit with candles, had just enough formality to make it real and just enough humor to make it delightful. The minister told the story of how Mandy and […]

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Patchwork Poetry

May 21st, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Amy E. Mayfield, toasty_molten_frosty_and_sugary

Amy E. Mayfield A conversation with Trace, by Simone Muench Winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition Black Lawrence Press, 2014 (here entered by EIL poetry editor, Kathleen Kirk) I’ve been reading Trace, by Simone Muench, one of our feature poets here at EIL, and so has Sandy Longhorn, another EIL poet. Sandy wrote about […]

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A Long Way from Adelaide

May 16th, 2014 | Book-Reviews, Uncategorized | No Comments
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Walkabout, by James Vance Marshall NYRB 2012, Michael Joseph, 1959 Reviewed by Seana Graham As Lee Siegel points out in the introduction to the New York Review of Books edition of this novel, Walkabout belongs to that small category of books that owes whatever fame it has to the movie that was made from it. And […]

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Kazaan Viveiros

May 15th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Painting | 1 Comment
BlueWhaleEIL

Night Garden, acrylic on panel, 36″ x 24″, 2014 Gold Beach, acrylic on panel, 40″ x 30″, 2014 Amber Haze, acrylic on panel, 40″ x 30″, 2014 Phoenix, acrylic on panel, 26″ x 24″, 2010 Hippocampus (Sea Horse), acrylic on panel, 30″ x 40″, 2013 Manatee, acrylic on panel, 30″ x 40″, 2013 Sting, acrylic […]

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Lauren Gordon

May 14th, 2014 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Brianna Angelakis, SavingFishfromDrowning

Brianna Angelakis Hung-over in a Garaged, Running Car While Contemplating Divorce Into the drink: we have been pulled from the river more than once, rigor-stiff, a gaffe in the face of so much authority, dripping orifice of distaste, grotesque blue in brass buttons, lapels— someone said this was quieter than folding up into your seat […]

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May Roses

May 11th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Jonathan Koch, May Roses for Mother's Day 2014

Jonathan Koch On this Mother’s Day we remember that our founding editor, Christopher R. Al-Aswad, dedicated Escape Into Life to his mother, Rosalind, who began to paint later in life. Perhaps you sent flowers to your mother today, or perhaps she is gone. Wherever she is, wherever you are, may you find beauty and love […]

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Mother’s Day

May 7th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Michael Parkes, bust and tiger on red

Michael Parkes Yvonne Zipter Waking, I find my arms folded across myself, a breast in each palm, cupped there as if in offering. My mother’s hands were empty. Phantom flesh let her fingers fall to the exact truth of her ribs— ribs and the knot of scars. Morning must have carried her, light as luck, […]

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The Art of Sports: It’s hockey

May 3rd, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
Bobby Hall, NHL Hall of Fame forward

  It’s hockey By Mark Lewis I can’t skate. Let alone backward. I would cower in the corner if a big man with a stick and razor-sharp attachments on his feet barreled down a slick surface toward me. And I would attempt to melt before the same man fired a 3-inch hard disk made of vulcanized […]

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For Elizabeth, With Love

May 2nd, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
sweet thursday original

Sweet Thursday, by John Steinbeck Viking Press, 1954, Penguin Classics, 2008 Reviewed by Seana Graham “For Elizabeth, with love”–that’s how Steinbeck dedicated this late sequel to the more famous Cannery Row, which takes place not long after the Second World War has drawn to a close. Those who still can have returned to their old home […]

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Haiku Reviews

April 30th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Simen Johan, owls

Simen Johan Woe is me. I’m behind on my reviews of books by EIL poets! So, as we exit April, National Poetry Month, so blessed and so cruel, I offer this set of brief “haiku reviews” (it’s a thing!) for the following fine poetry chapbooks! –Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor, Escape Into Life Jessy Randall, Broken […]

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The Art of Sports: Do something nice

April 24th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
Michael Collins

Do something nice for someone By Mark Lewis It was a tragic accident, to be sure. A 22-year-old man died of injuries suffered when an alleged drunk driver sped through a stoplight in Bloomington, Ill., and rammed the car he was riding in. A senseless act resulting in the senseless death of Michael Collins, an […]

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Kristin LaTour

April 23rd, 2014 | Poetry | No Comments
Scarlett Hooft Graafland, vanishing-traces

Scarlett Hooft Graafland   Austerity It must be austerity coating my tongue, tasting of nothing, dry and flinty. I dream I am burning, scorching in a fast cast iron oven able to see water through the isinglass but unable to open the door. It is a nightmare born of a baker and her sailor husband, […]

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Sunday Morning Mystery

April 20th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 3 Comments
Alex Roulette, At Swim

Alex Roulette In April of 1999, when Escape Into Life founding editor Christopher Al-Aswad (1979-2010) was not yet twenty (but was taking more care to date his journals than he did later in his young life), he drafted this poem in pencil, trying out its words and stanzas on several pages, and ending with three […]

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What Can One Person Do?

April 18th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
how long book cover

How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence Edited by Miles Harvey with an Introduction by Alex Kotlowitz Big Shoulders Books, DePaul University 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham First, a little background. On September 24, 2009, a shooting in the Roseland area of Chicago’s Far South Side led to factional fighting between two groups […]

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Paul Sierra

April 17th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Painting | 1 Comment
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Achilles and Cerberus, oil on canvas, 38″ x 49″, 2013 Arroyo, oil on canvas, 37″ x 62″, 2013 Creator, oil on canvas, 50″ x 54″, 2013 In the Forests of the Night, oil on canvas, 60″ x 80″, 2012 Small Glory, oil on canvas, 28″ x 50″, 2013 Hard Rain, oil on canvas, 28″ x […]

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News That Stays News

April 16th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
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For immediate release: EIL Poet Scott Poole and EIL Poetry Editor Kathleen Kirk join central Illinois poets Judith Valente and Susan Baller-Shepard for News That Stays News: Sustaining Our World Through Poetry A poetry reading to celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church 211 N. […]

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The Art of Sports: Short takes

April 15th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
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Short takes By Mark Lewis So the Masters Tournament survived the absence of Tiger Woods who is recovering from back surgery. The first of the four major golf events also survived an uneventful Sunday as Bubba Watson grabbed control of the tournament from Jordan Spieth with a four-stroke swing at the end of the front […]

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The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy

April 10th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
Nicola Yeoman, white shirts

Nicola Yeoman The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy by Allen Meyer & Michael Nowak Off-Broadway by New York Deaf Theatre at the Gene Frankel Theatre Reviewed by Scott Klavan The most important things go unsaid in the revival of The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy, a dramatization of the career of a real-life deaf baseball […]

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Big Poetry Giveaway 2014

April 9th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
big poetry giveaway 2014

For the past several years, poet Kelli Russell Agodon has hosted a Big Poetry Giveaway in April, National Poetry Month. Poets in the blogosphere give away books of poetry through random drawings at their blogs. This year, 50 poets are giving away more than 100 books of poetry to the lucky winners! Several EIL poets […]

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The Art of Sports: Crowning Connecticut

April 8th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
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Crowning Connecticut By Mark Lewis Is it a story of redemption? Hardly. The University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team grabbed the NCAA championship with a hard-earned, if often ugly, 60-54 victory over Kentucky Monday night. This marks the Huskies’ fourth title since 1999. And as we heard many times over the last three weeks, Connecticut […]

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It’s Always Summer Somewhere

April 4th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
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Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored (L’été tous les chats s’ennuient), by Philippe Georget English edition translated by Steven Rendall Editions Jigal, 2009, Europa Editions, 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham A book with the word “summertime” in the title may seem cruel to mention to those of you still struggling with winter, or at least […]

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Donna Vorreyer

April 2nd, 2014 | Poetry | 3 Comments
Lizzie Gill, blonde woman

Lizzie Gill You Arrive Carrying Apples Today, in a terrible rainstorm, you arrive, one great might-have-been, to sweep me out of my wind-blown cottage, bearing produce and white chrysanthemums with petals curled. I am not sure you are still welcome. The holidays were rather bad, your natural dawdling almost turned disaster, but now there is […]

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The Art of Sports: On, Wisconsin

April 1st, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
Illinois v Wisconsin

On, Wisconsin: The ballad of Bo Ryan By Mark Lewis The usual suspects are part of the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four unfolding Saturday and Monday at 77,122-seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kentucky and Connecticut classify as certified bluebloods of college basketball with eight and three national titles, respectively. Florida isn’t far behind by […]

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Review of Sparrow by Bethany Reid

March 26th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
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Sparrow by Bethany Reid  Winner of the Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize 2012, Selected and with a Forward by Dorianne Laux  Big Pencil Press, Writers & Books, 2012  Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor  Bethany Reid’s Sparrow is full of horses and orchards, quarters and ashes, memory, temptation, and dream. The book’s title and opening epigraph are […]

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The Art of Sports: Officially speaking, part two

March 25th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
basketball referee

Officially speaking: A view from the scorer’s table By Mark Lewis With fans screaming, coaches gyrating and players making magic with acrobatic moves, it is my job to be the calm one. As official scorer for Illinois State University men’s basketball games, I get a unique perspective of the game and the officiating crew. When […]

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Contemplation in a World of Action

March 21st, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
gilead

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson FSG, 2004, Picador (reprint edition), 2006 Reviewed by Seana Graham Sometimes books have to wait a long time for our attention. I happen to know exactly how long Gilead had to wait for mine for an odd reason. The book was recently suggested for my reading group, and I had the […]

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Carol Lukitsch

March 20th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Painting | 1 Comment
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On Balance, mixed media on board, 3 panels 14″ x 11″ each, 2013 Morphmap, mixed media on board, 12″ x 36″ (triptych), 2013 Morphmap II, mixed media on board, 12″ x 24″ (diptych), 2013 Shimmer and Spin (Chakra 3), oil on board, 30″ x 72″ (triptych), 2012 Year of the Dragon (Chakra 3), oil on […]

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Circe Maia, translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval

March 19th, 2014 | Translation | 1 Comment
Sage Vaughn, Overpass-swarm-2008

Sage Vaughn We are springing into translation this month at Escape Into Life. Jesse Lee Kercheval has been working on an anthology of contemporary Uruguayan poets under forty, including Agustín Lucas, the soccer-playing poet featured on March 5. Today, from Kercheval’s earlier translations of the “senior” poet, Circe Maia, EIL is pleased to present the […]

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The Art of Sports: Officially Speaking

March 18th, 2014 | Sports | No Comments
basketball referee

Officially speaking: Who are those guys in the striped shirts? By Mark Lewis With fans screaming, coaches gyrating and players making magic with acrobatic moves, it’s my job to be the calm one. As official scorer for Illinois State University men’s basketball games, I get a unique perspective of the game and the officiating crew. When the officials […]

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Satchmo at the Waldorf

March 17th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
Jim Naughten, man in blue

Jim Naughten  SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF by Terry Teachout Off-Broadway at the Westside Theater, New York City Reviewed by Scott Klavan The one-person, or solo, show is a staple of the theater of today, an occurrence likely caused by the financial straits of the art form- already mentioned several times in these columns, and sure […]

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Introducing Jackie, Translations Editor

March 12th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Juuri, Fleeting

Juuri This month we introduce our new Translations Editor, Jackie K. White. Jackie arranged for our translations by Jesse Lee Kercheval of Uruguayan poets Agustín Lucas, posted March 5, and of Circe Maia, coming up next week. Also this month, Jackie attended the AWP Conference in Seattle and the MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) […]

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Uneasy in the Islands

March 7th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
when the killing's done

When the Killing’s Done, by T.C. Boyle Penguin USA, 2011 Reviewed by Seana Graham Although I was born in Southern California, and Santa Catalina Island was part of my Angelino awareness, I never really registered its more northerly cousins off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura.  It wasn’t until a few years ago, when […]

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Agustín Lucas, translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval

March 5th, 2014 | Translation | No Comments
Agustin-Lucas author photo

From Jesse Lee Kercheval’s upcoming anthology of Uruguayan poets under 40 comes “El diez” / “Number Ten” by Agustín Lucas, an Uruguayan poet and the author of two books, No todos los dedos son prensiles and Club. He is also a professional soccer player, formerly the captain of the Miramar Misiones, the Uruguayan Second Division […]

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Introducing Scott, Theatre Reviewer

February 26th, 2014 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Scott Klavan headshot

Our new theatre reviewer at Escape Into Life is Scott Klavan, an actor, director, and playwright in New York. By now, you’ve probably seen several of his reviews here, which are also often essays on the state of theatre in our culture. For twenty years, Scott was Script and Story Analyst for the legendary actors Paul […]

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl

February 21st, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
heart is a lonely hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers Houghton Mifflin, 1940 Reviewed by Seana Graham I reread this book recently with my book group. I use the word “reread” in a qualified sense because I know that as a teenager I never finished it. I was surprised to discover that I must have made […]

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Cathie Bleck

February 20th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Illustration, Mixed-Media, Painting | No Comments
HopeHorseBleck

Riding on the Hope Horse, inks, handmade pigments on clay board panel, 12″ x 12″, 2009 In Awe, inks, handmade pigments on clay board panel, 18″ x 24″, 2010 Fire, inks, clay pigments, gold leaf on clay board panel, 21″ x 13″, 2014 Earth, inks, handmade pigments on clay board panel, 10.5″ x 6.5″ framed, […]

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Yvonne Zipter

February 19th, 2014 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Sean Mahan, Girl and Buttons

  Sean Mahan Girls with Moustaches Who can say what happens when two girls fall into giggles? Never mind that one is not quite five, while the other has just turned sixty or that the younger kneels in the other’s lap, blue eyes to blue eyes, wrinkles to not a blemish. The sound of forks, […]

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Escape Into Love

February 14th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Jarek Puczel, Romance

Jarek Puczel Sam Rasnake In Matters of Love Yours is an ox’s heart — slow, determined, but strong enough to move any load as far as needed with a perfect knowing of moment and place and how it is you mean to let go Carol Berg At Sea Dear Sir, I seem to be marooned […]

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The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths

February 12th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths book cover

The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths, by Sandy Longhorn Jacar Press, 2013  Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor  The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths, by Sandy Longhorn, is a truly haunting book of poems, full of blood, bones, death, mysterious disappearances, and eerie beauty. There are poems with titles that begin “Haunting Tale…” or “Cautionary […]

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Bronx Bombers

February 9th, 2014 | Theatre | 1 Comment
John Wentz, Concatenation

John Wentz Bronx Bombers by Eric Simonson, directed by the playwright Circle in the Square, 235 W. 50th St., Manhattan, New York, NY Reviewed by Scott Klavan Let’s face it: sports are better than theater. Every day and night, pro and amateur athletes, in major and minor leagues, take genuine risks, putting their bodies, their […]

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Sam Rasnake

February 5th, 2014 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Chris Ballantyne, Houses (Fade), 2008

Chris Ballantyne February Psalm For a couple of hours, the light snow drifts, disappears, drifts, disappears, and the feeble winter won’t make up its mind. I watch, drink my dark roast, as if I’ll live forever. I don’t have words for it really— only holes in the sky my fingers can’t reach though I stretch […]

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Crazy for Kraus

January 31st, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
Kraus project-image

The Kraus Project, by Jonathan Franzen FSG, 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham Many readers may have become aware of Jonathan Franzen’s work for the first time when he famously declined to take part on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a discussion of his novel The Corrections (Picador, 2001), but I discovered him in an earlier […]

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Patrick Palmer

January 30th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Drawings, Painting | 1 Comment
Pretty in Pink, 2013. Red chalk drawing, A3. Limited Edition Giclees available

To See Your Face, oil on wood, 42 cm x 30 cm, 2013 Girl on Stool, red chalk drawing, 2013 Mine, Conté, red chalk, and charcoal drawing, 16.5″ x 11.8″ x 0.4″, 2014 The Unveiling, original oil on paper, 51 cm x 43 com, 2013 Portrait in Sienna, original oil on canvas, 50 cm x […]

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Scintillation

January 29th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Lee Eunyeol, lit salt flats

Lee Eunyeol A Constitution of Silence by Jannett Highfill Green Fuse Poetic Arts, 2013 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk Poetry Editor, Escape Into Life I needed some heat and light here in January in the center of the polar vortex, so I reread A Constitution of Silence, by Jannett Highfill, which came out this summer from […]

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Mia Avramut

January 22nd, 2014 | Poetry | 3 Comments
Luca Bartolato, windswept

Luca Bartolato With eyes I love you with fount eyes. With ribs that open and close to call for late waves. Between sight and silence, these walls now exhale: I miss you with fog teeth Through a new shattered window that looks at the valley. Beltrán’s Obol Beltrán drank two of my strongest mojitos every […]

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Ahimsa (The Way of Nonviolence)

January 17th, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
March image lewis

March: Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell Top Shelf Productions, 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham As we come up on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I thought it might be nice to talk about a graphic “novel” that came out last year, a memoir in cartoon form by the noted congressman […]

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Salma Arastu

January 16th, 2014 | Artist Watch, Painting | 2 Comments
SalmaIncreaseMe

What Favors of God You Deny, acrylics on canvas, 54″ x 72″, 2013 Indeed You Give in Abundance, acrylics on canvas, 54? x 72″, 2013 If You Remember Me, I Will Remember You, acrylics on canvas, 54″ x 72″, 2013 My God Is Near and He Listens, acrylics on canvas, 54″ x 72″, 2013 Increase […]

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Trying to Fly

January 15th, 2014 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Naomi Ashley in the street

Trying to Fly, Music CD by Naomi Ashley Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk I’ve been listening to Naomi Ashley’s CD Trying to Fly over and over this winter, the way I read poetry chapbooks before I review them. This repeated listening turns a new album into a familiar and beloved album, offering a series of favorite songs […]

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Terry Kinney

January 8th, 2014 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Terry Kinney, My HipstaPrint 0

christmas eve The year of the ceramic Christmas tree “Uncle” Dell was a skinny Santa with whisky breath I was handed a cash filled envelope from dad “For what you want—your brother got the same” Holiday Inn on the television Mom had eaten by the sink during supper Embarrassed by her teeth Later I drove […]

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will

January 5th, 2014 | Theatre | No Comments
Twelfth Night, Olivia. E.B. Leighton, prepared as lithograph

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s Globe in a limited run at The Belasco Theatre on Broadway Directed by Tim Carroll Starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry Reviewed by Scott Klavan Mark Rylance is usually a show unto himself, but in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, currently running on Broadway, he has the support of an accomplished […]

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Scooped by Nancy Pearl!

January 3rd, 2014 | Book-Reviews | No Comments
cold cold ground american

The Cold Cold Ground, by Adrian McKinty Serpent’s Tail, Seventh Street Books, Audible, 2012 Reviewed by Seana Graham When I first thought about writing this up back in December, it seemed like a pretty original idea. I’ve been a fan of McKinty’s work since I happened upon it several years ago, and have often tried to brainstorm […]

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Winged or Shriven

December 21st, 2013 | EIL Blog | 3 Comments
Hearther Horton, Central Park Angel

Heather Horton Escape Into Chris: Winged or Shriven Excerpts from the journals and library of Christopher Al-Aswad (1979-2010)  For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s the winter solstice, commonly known as the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. We are in the season of advent for some, a […]

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