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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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

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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Theatre Review of Rails

December 20th, 2013 | Theatre | No Comments
Danielle Hanson, highline-park-after-dark

Danielle Hanson Rails, by Tom Kenaston and Tom Paitson Kelly A musical reading at the York Theatre, New York December 13, 2013 An essay review by Scott Klavan New York is the Big Town these days for staged readings, script-in-hand performances of theatrical works-in-progress. Every night, it seems, there are theaters, large and small, presenting […]

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Stille Nacht

December 20th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
Rock Crystal image

  Rock Crystal, by Adalbert Stifter, translated by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore NYRB Classics, 2008 (first published 1853; this translation, 1945) Reviewed by Seana Graham Don’t get me wrong, I’m as much in favor of the Dickensian version of the Christmas season as the next person, but there’s room for other visions at this […]

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Allison Long Hardy

December 19th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Drawings | No Comments

Combine, pen, India ink, graphite, colored pencil, collage on paper, 24″ x 21″, 2011 Daydream, pen, graphite, colored pencil, India ink on paper, 38″ x 26″, 2011 Grow, India ink, pen, colored pencil, collage on paper, 72″ x 20″, 2012 Midline, India ink, pen, graphite, colored pencil on paper, 72″ x 22″, 2012 Passing Through, […]

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Rags of Rigor

December 18th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Stone Bride Madrigals book cover, Wong

Stone Bride Madrigals by Nicolette Wong corrupt press, 2013 Sort of a review by Kathleen Kirk Poetry Editor Stone Bride Madrigals, by Nicolette Wong, is a chapbook of eleven poems—brief or extended lyrical flights of image and language. Yes, there is a statue, there is stone, there are rooms and halls, but the poems escape […]

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Perfect for Poets

December 13th, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
The Daily Poet

Three of our EIL poets have been busy in 2013 creating books that might inspire poets in 2014, so keep these two craft-related books in mind for gifts as you do your holiday shopping this season. Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano teamed up to provide daily prompts for poets in The Daily Poet (Two […]

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Matthew Murrey

December 11th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Samuel Jan, Tree in Winter

Samuel Jan Child Sobbing at the Library Suddenly the quiet, that empty jug, is being filled with crying. A child is sobbing: not the wailing of a slapped kid, and not the tearful screeching of demands and whining. No, it is a child crying for something lost or broken, something that will never be replaced. […]

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A Winter’s Tale

December 6th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
mr. white's confession image

Mr. White’s Confession, by Robert Clark Picador USA, 1998 Reviewed by Seana Graham We should perhaps get clear from the start that the Mr. White in question here is named Herbert, not Walter. He is not a brilliant meth dealing chemist, but rather a lonely photographer with some memory problems. And the setting is not […]

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Angie Renfro

December 5th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments

And I Looked for It, oil on panel, 32″ x 24″, 2013 I Crossed That Off Too, oil on panel, 60″ x 48″, 2013 Lessons Were Learned, oil on panel, 48″ x 36″, 2013  Peace Is Soon to Follow, oil on panel, 48″ x 36″, 2013 Where the Water Left Me, oil on panel, 36″ […]

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Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2013

December 4th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Xiong Lijun, sunflower-manor

Xiong Lijun In praise and thanksgiving, we announce our Pushcart Prize nominees for 2013. Thanks to all our poets, writers, readers, artists, and loyal supporters! Spread the love. Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2013 Francine Leffler Ringold, “What to Do with Old Pictures” Simone Muench, “Wolf Cento” Susan Blackwell Ramsey, “Watching Sheet Lightning From The Porch of Ann […]

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Theatre Review of The Jacksonian

December 2nd, 2013 | Theatre | No Comments
Sherry Karver, Short Stories (2010)

Sherry Karver The Jacksonian by Beth Henley at the New Group, New York Reviewed by Scott Klavan The Jacksonian centers on a mediocre motel by that name in Jackson, Mississippi in 1964. Here, a group of unhappy middle-aged southerners wreak havoc on each other and a little girl. Dentist Bill Perch (Ed Harris) has a […]

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Thanksgiving 2013

November 28th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 5 Comments
ScottKahn-102609 012

Scott Kahn Thank You, Chicago by Basel Al-Aswad Forty years ago, in August, 1973, an ambitious young man, I arrived at Michael Reese Hospital in the heart of the city of Chicago to start my Orthopedic Residency. I knew but two friends from back home (Baghdad) and all my belongings would fit in the back […]

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The Sheltering Sky

November 27th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Savannah Daras, I'm alive

Savannah Daras As the holidays and the dark days of winter approach, many people cope with depression or suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or are just plain cold and sad. In December of 2009, Escape Into Life founding editor, Chris Al-Aswad (1979-2010), was feeling cold and restless, was steadily writing in his journal, and […]

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Theatre Review of No Man’s Land

November 25th, 2013 | Theatre | No Comments
Brian Taylor, Somewhere-a-Mans-Shoes-are-Wet

Brian Taylor No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter at the Cort Theater, New York Reviewed by Scott Klavan So how do you do Pinter in a Hunger Games world? How do you get across the subtle and sly interaction, elliptical, repetitive dialogue and nearly impenetrable story lines to an audience used to being spoon-fed blatant, overly explained, […]

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Nothing to Do with Raptors

November 22nd, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
falconer book jacket

Falconer, by John Cheever Vintage, 1992 Reviewed by Seana Graham I got on to this book after reading a recent Slate review, which claimed that Falconer was John Cheever’s masterpiece. I was surprised. Although I hadn’t read much Cheever, I’d thought his collection of short stories, which aficionados refer to as “The Big Red Book”, […]

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Sophia Khan

November 21st, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments

  Ca’ d’Oro, Venice II, Watercolor, 7″ x 7″, 2013   Venice, Arrival, Watercolor, 7″ x 10″, 2013   Royal Palace Doorknocker, Fez, Watercolor, 8″ x 10″, 2012   Courtyard of the Mexuar, Alhambra, Granada II, Watercolor, 14″ x 9″, 2012   Royal Palace Doors, Fez III, Watercolor, 15″ x 9″, 2012 Artist Statement The […]

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Dave Awl

November 20th, 2013 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Nigel Cox, An Urban Solitude

Nigel Cox Letter 3/12/07 At night, in the fields, small fires are burning. Nobody knows who sets them. People come and go in the darkness but they leave no trace. The moon enforces its pale cold silence from horizon to horizon and everything is strange to everything else. In the soil, small ordinary objects are […]

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William Lemke

November 14th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | 2 Comments
William Lemke, Angel Oak

Angel Oak, 22 x 28 inches, 2012 Aspens, Utah, 22 x 28 inches, 2013 Sun’s Rays, Rialto Beach, 22 x 28 inches, 2012 Trees and Fog 2, Blue Ridge, 22 x 28 inches, 1997 Trees Taiwan, 22 x 28 inches, 1995 Leaning Trees, Yellowstone, 22 x 28, 2009 Dead Trees, Idaho, 22 x 28, 2012 […]

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Escape Into Neverland

November 13th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
darling hands, darling tongue cover

Darling Hands, Darling Tongue by Sally Rosen Kindred Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk EIL Poetry Editor Cover art by Nashay Jones I’ve recently learned two words, from other languages, similar to “nostalgia”—the Welsh “hiraeth” and the Portuguese “saudade”—that also describe feelings I get reading Peter Pan, seeing the movie, Finding Neverland, or […]

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Diplomacy in Seventeen Syllables

November 8th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
haiku apprentice

  The Haiku Apprentice, by Abigail Friedman Stone Bridge Press, 2006 Reviewed by Seana Graham A couple of weeks ago, this book came to mind again in the course of an online conversation, and I thought it would be a perfect one to share with readers here at Escape Into Life. The Haiku Apprentice is […]

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Andrea Potos

November 6th, 2013 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Caravaggio, Boy_with_a_Basket_of_Fruit-Caravaggio_(1593)

Caravaggio Praise Your Life When on a June morning heavy with rain, you can taste the best cappuccino this side of Rome, in a cafe with scarred maplewood tables, a book of Caravaggio splayed open: The Calling of St. Matthew that could be set in a tavern, a gambling den, a dank office where tax […]

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Haunting Poems

October 30th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Dan May, ContemplationofJupiterRose

Dan May Kate Bernadette Benedict  The Gathering A spray of chevrons, epaulettes so fine! The thirteenth chevron seems a lucky sign. Indeed, this was the proper place to gather, where the better roads meet: 66, the Silk, the Via Regia. My compliments for choosing it. Yes, done! I’ve taken roll call. Only a few drones […]

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And the Eensy Weensy Spider…

October 25th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
black spider

The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf, translated by Susan Bernofsky NYRB 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham New York Review Books has published this Swiss classic just in time to be part of our creepy Halloween lead up. Gotthelf is actually the pen name of a Swiss pastor, Albert Bitzius, who published the original in 1842, […]

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Romancing Gravity

October 23rd, 2013 | EIL Blog | 3 Comments
romancing_gravity book cover, Daniel Romo

Romancing Gravity by Daniel Romo Silver Birch Press, 2013 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, EIL Poetry Editor Romancing Gravity is a book with balls. Stickball, baseball, football, tee ball. Swear words, anger, regret. Drive-in movies, magic shows, liquor stores. Current events, social commentary, nostalgia. And a car chase. It’s got prose poems, free verse, and a […]

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Pam Hawkes

October 17th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | 3 Comments
The Players.I. oil, dutch metal and beeswax on board. 61cm x 46cm

Hunted, oil on beeswax and Dutch metal on board, 23″ x 40″, 2013 Cocoon, oil, beeswax, and Dutch metal on board, 69 cm x 69 cm, 2012 Still Here, oil on metal leaf gilding on canvas, 40″ x 40″, 2013 The Players I, oil, beeswax, and Dutch metal on board, 24″ x 18″, 2012 You Made […]

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Diagnostic Mysteries

October 16th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Unexplained Fevers book cover

Unexplained Fevers by Jeannine Hall Gailey New Binary Press, 2013 Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, EIL Poetry Editor Unexplained Fevers, by Jeannine Hall Gailey, is a scary book of poems. The title hints at the danger: if the fevers are unexplained, there won’t be a way to find a cure. The fevers will remain a mystery […]

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Escape Into du Maurier

October 11th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
Don't Look Now 2

Don’t Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier NYRB , 2008 Reviewed by Seana Graham “Don’t look now,” John said to his wife, “but there are a couple of old girls two tables away who are trying to hypnotise me.” So begins the title story of a New York Review Books Classics collection of creepy tales that seems […]

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Julie Brooks Barbour

October 9th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Rashod Taylor, Untitled (branches in lake) 2013

Rashod Taylor If you had never known fear If you had never been told what to avoid, where not to walk at night. If you had never heard stories of girls who went out alone, the violent endings that keep you hyperaware and vigilant. If your body could be something other than desire’s object. If […]

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Introducing Maureen, Artist Watch Editor

October 8th, 2013 | Artist Blog | 1 Comment
Maureen E. Doallas, editor photo

Trine Bumiller Our newest Artist Watch editor at Escape Into Life is Maureen E. Doallas, who is also an EIL poet and who writes her own blog on the arts, Writing Without Paper. Maureen E. Doallas is the author of Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems (T.S. Poetry Press, 2011). Her work can be found in Open to Interpretation: […]

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The List of What’s Happening

October 6th, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Meghan Howland, Birds, yellow

Meghan Howland EIL poet Susan Elbe has a new book out, The Map of What Happened, which won the Backwaters Prize at Backwaters Press. (By lovely chance, EIL poet Aaron Anstett is also a past winner of the Backwaters Prize, for No Accident.)  Susan will be reading from her new book this month at several […]

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Introducing Seana, Book Review Editor

October 4th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Samantha Huang, open book

Samantha Huang We have a new Book Review editor at Escape Into Life, Seana Graham.  Seana is a reader, former bookseller, and fiction writer who maintains blogs on a variety of topics. We are glad to have her telling us about books here at EIL. Seana Graham worked for many years in an independent bookstore […]

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Nick Courtright

October 2nd, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Kenichi Hoshine, baby

Kenichi Hoshine A Deep Dark Wood All the raccoon thinks are raccoon thoughts, and all the chicken thinks are chicken thoughts. When they think of the thoughts of the other all they imagine is hunger. When they think of the thoughts of human beings all they imagine is hunger. Raccoons and chickens are very wise, […]

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Tintype Portraits

October 1st, 2013 | Artist Blog | No Comments
Rashod Taylor, Tintype Flyer, event

Our EIL Artist Watch photographer Rashod Taylor has this event coming up on October 12!  Check out his feature here, and if you live in central Illinois, consider a tintype portrait!

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Charles Rafferty’s Short Fiction

September 29th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments
Saturday Night

Saturday Night at Magellan’s by Charles Rafferty Fomite Press, 2013 Reviewed by Seana Graham Regular visitors to Escape Into Life may already be acquainted with the work of Charles Rafferty, as he is an EIL poet. I’ll give you a link to some of his work here at the end of this review. But it’s […]

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Rashod Taylor

September 26th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | No Comments
Rashod Taylor, Rapids_2_2013

Rapids, 8×10 tintype, 2013 Rapids 2, 8×10 tintype, 2013 Untitled, 8×10 tintype, 2013 Boat on lake, 8×10 tintype, 2013 Snow, 8×10, ambrotype, 2012 Mist on grass, 8×10 tintype, 2012 Countryside, 8×10 tintype, 2013 Kids at play, 8×10 tintype, 2013 Artist Statement As a photographer, I’m naturally drawn to portraiture. I believe it’s a perfect collaboration […]

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Falling for Poetry

September 25th, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Holly Friesen, Primal-Source

Holly Friesen It’s Fall! Three poets are “falling for poetry” in the Washington, D. C. area this season, and two of them are EIL poets! Paulette Beete and Maureen Doallas will join Yahia Lababidi on October 27, for Falling For Poetry, a reading sponsored by Capitol Arts Network. It starts at 2:00 p.m., at 12276 […]

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Bananamania 2.0

September 20th, 2013 | Book Reviews | 1 Comment
kitchen yoshimoto

    Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto A Black Cat book from Grove Atlantic Reviewed by Seana Graham Have you ever gotten the completely wrong end of the stick about an author you haven’t read yet? Such was the case with my initial exposure to Banana Yoshimoto, pen name of Mahoko Yoshimoto (in English rather than […]

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Vena Amoris

September 19th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
vena-amoris, ancient egypt

Her Vena Amoris by Carol Berg Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013 Review by Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor Carol Berg’s newest chapbook, Her Vena Amoris, goes after all the yearning, resentment, risk, confusion, frustration, and powerful love it takes to be a woman and a wife. Its organization lays it out for us beautifully: Part I contains […]

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Mary Beth Kushner

September 18th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments

Sunset, acrylic, texturing medium, and varnish, 30″ x 40″, 2010 Eruption, metallic paint, texturing medium, and varnish,  24″ x 48″, 2012 A Paradox, texturing medium, acrylic/metallic paints, and varnish, 8″ x 24″, 2011 Growing Roots, texturing medium, acrylic/metallic paints, and varnish, 12″ x 48″, 2012 Lone Bare Tree, acrylic/metallic paints, texturing medium, and varnish, 30″ […]

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Susan Blackwell Ramsey

September 12th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment

Kelly Reemsten Watching Sheet Lightning From The Porch of Ann Paulson’s Cottage While Aretha Franklin Sings Inside The sky above the bay flares white, sustains it, gasps briefly black then goes for bright again, a mirror held up to the voice behind us. Feet up, tepid chablis in hand, we let passion by proxy wash […]

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Off for a Bumpy Ride

September 6th, 2013 | Book Reviews | No Comments

Speedboat, by Renata Adler Reviewed by Seana Graham  Renata Adler’s Speedboat was originally published in 1976 and it has been bouncing its way across the waters to us ever since. It has been on my radar but remained unread for a long time. I hadn’t realized that it has been out of print for many […]

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Go West, Young Man

September 4th, 2013 | Book Reviews, EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Joe Wilkins, notes-from-the-journey-westward book cover

Notes from the Journey Westward, by Joe Wilkins Reviewed by Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor Winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize Notes from the Journey Westward, by Joe Wilkins, reads like wisdom to me. “There’s nothing to be done / about hope,” he writes, in “Hardscrabble Prairie Triptych,” about cracking open mussel shells in […]

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Domestic Labor Day

September 2nd, 2013 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Monika Nguyen, house, kids, cow

Monika Nguyen  It’s Labor Day in the United States, when we celebrate the achievements of American workers! Some of them get a holiday from work today, while others are working away relentlessly (in retail sales, for instance). And still other hard workers, many who never get a “holiday” from their labors, work on dutifully in […]

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Books Received Mea Culpa

August 28th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Alexander Korzer-Robinson--bug, rabbit, man fleeing

Alexander Korzer-Robinson Well, I had a plan this summer: to read and review a bunch of poetry books by EIL poets! Some I had requested for this purpose from the poets, some were given to me, and others I got hold of on my own. But, as John Lennon said in the song “Beautiful Boy […]

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Simone Muench

August 21st, 2013 | Poetry | 2 Comments

Amy Guidry Wolf Cento From this bleak hotel, & at the bored little forest, someone looks at me with the eyes of a wolf—domes shine out their darkgold— but I’m just tired like dead bees or numbers. All sleeping is a sinking down, all waking another sinking. Sometimes a door is opened that opening, letting […]

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Trine Bumiller

August 15th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments

 A Priori, oil on panel, 42 x 84 inches, 2013 Death Lily, oil on canvas, 40 x 74 inches, 2013 Forget Me Not, oil on panel, 68 x 44 inches, 2013 Heart of Stone, oil on panel, 35 x 84 inches, 2013 Kinnick Kinnick, oil on panel, 38 x 86 inches, 2013 Middle Distance, oil […]

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The Dog Star

August 14th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
eascapeintolife mroch 1

Martine Roch Here is the promised continuation of the Dog Days of August poems with dogs in them! Click on each poet’s name to see her or his solo poetry feature here at Escape Into Life. The mixed media art is by Martine Roch. Peg Duthie  Clinging The dog trots in, white blobs on her […]

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STREAM: Neptune Estate by King Krule

August 13th, 2013 | Music-Stream | No Comments

“Neptune Estate” feels like the very end of a quiet night with friends, drunk in the booth of a dark bar. It feels like the end of a good night, to be sure. But…not a great one. A little melancholy mixed with your BAC. You’re still left thinking about that one person, your face illuminated […]

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Dog Days

August 7th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment

Kate Pugsley The dog days of summer are those terribly hot days in July and August when even dogs don’t want to get up! But here are some fine poems—with dogs in them—that manage to keep their cool! Sarah J. Sloat  Song of the Small Dog The dog raids the railroad yard to run alongside […]

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STREAM: Envision (ft. Channy Leaneagh) by Supreme Cuts

July 28th, 2013 | Music-Stream | No Comments

Caught somewhere between a dream and the dance floor, ”Envision” is a brilliantly paced dance/pop/house song by Chicago duo Supreme Cuts and kicked up into the stratosphere by the exquisitely haunting guest vocals of Polica‘s Channy Leaneagh. Listen below. Chris aims to expose viewers to some of the most legit tunes of the times, peeling back […]

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Mother and Child Reunion

July 27th, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Maryjo Koch, Painted Letter with Broken-Winged Butterly

Maryjo Koch, Painted Letter with Broken-Winged Butterfly, gouache, 8 x 10, 2012 July is a delicate month for us here at Escape Into Life, as it is the month in which founding editor Christopher R. Al-Aswad was born (July 16, 1979) and died (July 27, 2010).  Chris dedicated Escape Into Life to his mother, Rosalind […]

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Best of the Net Poetry Nominees

July 24th, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Marci Cheary, Tightrope Walker

Marci Cheary Best of the Net Poetry Nominations [for work published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013] The list: Kate Bernadette Benedict “No Occasion Whatsoever for a Parade,” December 12, 2012 Carol Berg “The Wife’s Mid-Life Crisis While Dusting the Bathroom Cabinet,” August 8, 2012 Richard Fox “Small Love Poem” February 13, 2013 […]

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Maryjo Koch

July 18th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Illustration | 1 Comment
Maryjo Koch, Dark Eyed Junco Nest with Dry Leaf

Dark Eyed Junco Nest with Dry Leaf, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 2011 Blackbird Nest, acrylic on board, 16 x 20 inches, 2012 Red-Winged Blackbird Nest with Eggs, gouache, 8.25 x 11, 2013 American Goldfinch Nest, watercolor and gouache on watercolor board, 8 x 10, 2012 Artist Statement As a child I was […]

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In Memory of EIL Founder on his 34th Birthday

July 16th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Phillip Compton

Phillip Compton  From Basel Al-Aswad to his son and EIL founder, Christopher, on his 34th birthday: We mark your birthday today, dear Chris. You would have turned 34 years old. But you are gone and we are still here. “Death,” Kubler-Ross puts it, “is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding […]

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Aaron Anstett

July 10th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Wayne White, Hot Shots and Know-It-Alls

Wayne White Bluff as a Theorem “Indeed, this world is flat; as for the other, nonsense.”  —Jules Laforgue My blood girds up, and that knucklehead, my heart, says its two words over and over. This filibuster of dark and light and dark again just doesn’t stop. Now I might swagger the front stoop, bluff as […]

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Jonathan Koch

July 1st, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments
Tangerine in a Silver Cup, 8 x 10 inches, 2012

Tangerine in a Silver Cup, oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches, 2012 Oranges and Ceramic Jars, oil on linen, 14 x 16 inches, 2013 Pear, Cheese, Grapes, Walnuts, Glass, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches, 2013 Roses, Lilacs, Letters, oil on linen, 14 x 18 inches, 2013 Roses, Silver Vase, Grapes, Apples, oil […]

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Keith Taylor

June 26th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Brian Taylor_Three-Hour-Tour

Brian Taylor Statue of the Blind Girl Nydia, the blind flower-girl of Pompeii She listens, not to the green world exploding around her, not to Vesuvius howling— the hour has come; of two working in the field one shall be taken; of two women grinding wheat one shall be taken; Vesuvius erupts and the black […]

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Father to Son

June 17th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Alison Jardine, Primavera

Alison Jardine  From Basel Al-Aswad to his daughters and to his son, Father’s Day 2013: On this Father’s Day, I love you, Mandy & Susan, and I miss you Chris. You always came to Chicago to visit me. This time I was at your home in Normal, then paid you a visit at your resting […]

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Francine Leffler Ringold

June 12th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Diana Lemieux, Growing Weary (woman in chair outside)

Diana Lemieux This Morning A weeping pipe, a peep. Silence. Finally, a persistent whine and again that urgent peep, neither bird nor human. The light is up, Pete with it. He stretches . . .Sighs. Cocks his head. Waits. Does a star dance when I appear. So it is with attachment. It feeds us. It […]

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Review of Inksuite by Sarah J. Sloat

June 5th, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Inksuite cover, Sarah J. Sloat, dancing girl press

Inksuite, by Sarah J. Sloat Review by Kathleen Kirk Inksuite (dancing girl press, 2013), by Sarah J. Sloat, is a wonderfully smart and funny chapbook of poems focused on font and other particulars related to printing and ink. Its Emmanuel Polanco collage cover shows a boy with wings holding a book, his eyes gone in […]

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Susan Elbe

May 29th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Glenda Lissette, Cocoon

Glenda Lissette On the Horizon, A Small Rustle of Wings and great conquering black eyes, river water, a nest of kisses, little puppets, mad with love. Sighing, the evening curves her back over the dark lilacs, rushes on their pale vertebrae. Vaguely lit by the summer moon, gods who bit flowers of ink jostle together […]

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Max Warsh

May 28th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Collage | 1 Comment
Warsh_untitled_2012_photo on photo_12x18

Untitled ( unit 21 of 55 ), 2012, photographs and acrylic on wood panel, 18 x 24 in. Green Island, 2012, photographs and acrylic on wood panel, 20 x 24 in. After Island, 2012, photograph on photograph, 12 x 18 in. Headland, 2012, photograph on photograph, 12 x 18 in. Portmanteaux Two, 2012, photographs on […]

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Anna Pogossova

May 22nd, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | 1 Comment

 Anna Pogossova’s Website

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Review of Survivors’ Picnic by Debra Bruce

May 22nd, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Cecilia Carlstedt

Cecilia Carlstedt In one way, Survivors’ Picnic, by Debra Bruce, is no picnic. Its tough topics include divorce, breast cancer, and an emotionally ravaged son. In the poem “Someone’s Attention,” she’s straightforward about an awkward truth: “A woman can’t elasticize her years.” In “Plunder” it’s difficult even to say “surgery’s / savagery’s smoothed over,” let […]

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Fleurs de Mai

May 15th, 2013 | Poetry | 4 Comments
Katinka Matson1

Peg Duthie  Remnant a sprawl of tulips sassily yellow distant kin to the antique gown that once was white petals so bright against the mottled stone its text all but gone the chiseled lines now softer than the folds of a flower or a dress Robert McDonald  Dear Jelly Jar Glass of Water, I want […]

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Nicolas Kuligowski

May 14th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Mixed-Media | 1 Comment

Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 195 x 150 cm Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 195 x 140 cm Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 165 x 97 cm Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 195 x 150 cm Untitled, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 165 x 195 cm […]

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STREAM: Stand In The Sand by Twin Peaks

May 13th, 2013 | Music-Stream | No Comments

Some songs asked to be dissected, taken apart to watch the knobs and gears twist and turn, analyzed and then put back together again. Guitar effects examined, lyrics parsed, influences interpreted. But other songs, like “Stand in the Sand” by Chicago teen punks Twin Peaks, feel like they can only exist if you refuse to look […]

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May Flowers

May 8th, 2013 | Poetry | 2 Comments
David LaChapelle, Springtime

David LaChapelle  Richard Fox  Your flowers pull everything they need out of the ground—even the sun, suppurating over lusterfancy morning. Buds: blooms: I am that I am. Though uncomfortable with your Christianity, you know it sometimes matters. Carol Berg  Self-Portrait As Farmer’s Market I am the sweetest thing you will ever put in your mouth […]

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Sally Rosen Kindred

May 1st, 2013 | Poetry | 2 Comments
Ai Shinohara, animals, lace

Ai Shinohara Almost Harmless I want him to rise, to grow, I want his fingers longer and his body lean like a cold wind, leaning away from me, taking off at a run if that’s what it takes to wake and speak from his own hard teeth. I don’t want him to be who I […]

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Joy in Transgression: Poems on Poetry

April 24th, 2013 | Poetry | 3 Comments
Susan Yount--Georgia Douglas Johnson, The World

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land… –T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” We poets are often told not to write poems about poetry. But we can’t help it! We love poetry! So, as April, National Poetry Month, moves cruelly toward its close, let’s say a gentle, gradual goodbye with these […]

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Sara K. Byrne

April 23rd, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | 1 Comment

Sarah K. Byrne’s Website

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Pulitzer Remix

April 19th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Gavin Lavelle, Eden

In our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month, here is something two of our EIL poets are doing: the Pulitzer Remix. Sarah J. Sloat and Daniel M. Shapiro are among the 85 poets taking part in this project, sponsored by Found Poetry magazine. They are “finding” poems by way of collage, using words from the […]

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Poem for Your Pocket, and for Boston

April 18th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
To Run, prayer for Boston by Scott Poole

EIL poet Scott Poole is also a runner, and he’s written a poem in response to the Boston Marathon explosions and in honor of the resilient spirit. You can read it above, and also here, at WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio station, on the Here & Now show with Robin Young, where you can also […]

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Found in Translation: Poems in Many Tongues

April 17th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Cédric Le Borgne - oiseaux-38

Cédric le Borgne Ren Powell I was early taught to sorrow to shed tears and now when sudden joy lights up or any unexpected sorrow strikes my heart I find it difficult to repress the full swelling tide of feeling translated into Norwegian by Eirik Lodén Jeg lærte tidlig å sørge å felle tårer og […]

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Megan Dorien

April 16th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Mixed-Media, Painting | 1 Comment

Cassette Old Man on Bike Fire Hydrant  White Couch  Honest 8 Construct Lemons Horse on Back  Megan Dorien’s Website

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STREAM: Only You Can Show Me by Goldroom (ft. Mereki Beach)

April 11th, 2013 | Music-Stream | No Comments

Although Balearic pop’s big moment in the spotlight of the American music scene seems to have swiftly come and gone (see jj, Air France, etc.), its sound is still as infectious and transporting as ever. It’s tough to listen to a song from that genre and not feel carried away to some beach-side cafe in […]

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Jackie K. White, translating Graciela Reyes

April 10th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Eric Zener, Embrace

Eric Zener translations from the Spanish poems of Graciela Reyes, by Jackie K. White Barcelona It was the best day of our life together, and the best afternoon in the city of Barcelona: the splendor of solstice over the lingering crispness of winter, the taste of champagne in the air, the celebration we carried on […]

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Sarah Giannobile

April 9th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Drawings, Painting | 1 Comment

Artist Statement Some of my paintings are about the exploration of my dreams. Exploring the unknown helps me appreciate the existence of life. I like to tell stories with my paintings with symbols. The web formations in several of my paintings deal with something that has been woven or created relating to my past, and […]

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Karen Darling

April 4th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments

Artist Statement Because of my training as an Illustrator, I was very comfortable doing things in a realistic manner. However, at some point I felt I needed to let go of what I felt most comfortable doing and challenge myself further. Exploring new ways of expressing myself led to a much looser and more abstract […]

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Lawrence Arancio

April 3rd, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Julie Blackmon, Sharpie-2011

Julie Blackmon Standing in the corner The chair ended up in my hands while watching a childhood western. Spindles, rungs, rails and splats, the seat a block of burled pecan, whorls of accidental events frozen in the grain, transforming history into design. Tendrils slither and suck, saplings spiral and aspire, biting beasts writhe and burst, […]

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How the Potato Chip was Invented

April 1st, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Igor & Marina, Walkers (Jazzmen)

Igor & Marina There’s a theatre game called Gibberish, invented by Viola Spolin, who said, “Gibberish forces the player to show and not tell.” Ah, that’s what we poets are supposed to do! In the game, one player speaks in gibberish, and the other “translates.” It’s fun, freeing, and leads to a direct experience of […]

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Good Friday: In the Middle

March 29th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 1 Comment
Jeremy Geddes, The White Cosmonaut

Jeremy Geddes …from the journal of EIL’s founding editor, Chris Al-Aswad, in the last year of his life, a few months before his death… …and yet I also sense that I am in the middle. The end is either far away or too vague to be a point on the map. There is no map, […]

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Stasia Burrington

March 28th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Collage, Drawings, Painting | 1 Comment
Burrington_Clementine_charcoal, ink and fabric collage on stonehenge paper_11x14

Clementine, charcoal, ink and fabric on Stonehenge paper, 11 x 14 in. One Week ‘Til Spring, mixed media, 11 x 14 in. Burn, pencil, ink, cotton, burnt paper, 18 x 24 in. Peach Hug, charcoal, ink and fabric collage on Stonehenge paper, 11 x 14 in. Blue Back Piece, pencil, ink on cotton, 16 x […]

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Luisa A. Igloria

March 27th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Markus Akesson, Insomnia (Mayuko), 2011

Markus Åkesson Sunday Afternoon From Café Florentin on Giles Street everything is yellow— Sunflower trim Thick paint on door- knob and frame Emerging from cardigans lemony wedges of shoulders turned up to the sun The bubbly yellow crust of my hot croissant au jambon with cheese The woman in the vivid red blouse with dark […]

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STREAM: Needle by Born Ruffians

March 25th, 2013 | Music-Stream | No Comments

FINALLY. The band that, upon its first release, looked poised to be a less afropop-inspired, more tightly wound version of Vampire Weekend seems once again ready to take up that mantle. After a promising self-titled debut and an excellent follow-up in Red, Yellow and Blue, Born Ruffians lost all momentum, not to mention a bit […]

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Ed Fairburn

March 22nd, 2013 | Artist Watch | 1 Comment

I study both the physical attributes of the terrain and the features of my chosen subjects. I search for opportunities to synchronise the two, finding similarities between the patterns, before drafting out the portrait and building the tone. – Ed Fairburn

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Review of An Elastic State of Mind by Ren Powell

March 21st, 2013 | EIL Blog | No Comments
Nancy Pirri--Eve, Faith, Rose

An Elastic State of Mind: D.L.D.’s Autobiography in Poems, by Ren Powell, is a fascinating book in an elegant hardbound bilingual edition (Wigestrand, 2012), with the English poems, notes, and introduction translated into Norwegian by Eirik Lodén. D.L.D. is Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887), an accomplished woman of her time, able to support herself with her […]

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Johan Rosenmunthe

March 19th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | 2 Comments

About the Off II Series Through digital communication like Facebook, Twitter, online dating and personal websites, the representation of our personality becomes more and more streamlined. We have the possibility to project an idea of how we are as a person into the world around us, but with the constant option of censoring information and […]

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Laura Madeline Wiseman

March 13th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Sebastien Tabuteaud, moth

Sebastien Tabuteaud New Year And who but I should be the poet of comrades? ~Walt Whitman (1892) We were in the dark—forty degrees, the live oaks creaking above us, the boardwalks weeping with ice, our friendship a small thing, a match that flares in a cupped hand. I asked for a kiss—a heat of summer, […]

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Misha Ashton-Moore

March 12th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | No Comments
Moore_Seattle WA + Portland OR usa 2010

Seattle, WA + Portland, OR, USA, 2010 New York, NY, USA, 2011 Seattle, WA + Portland, OR, USA, 2010 New York, NY, USA, 2011 Portland, OR + St. Mary’s, GA, USA, 2010 La Grande, OR + Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2010 New York, NY, USA, 2011 Portland, OR, USA, 2010 Artist Statement I live in […]

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Cédric le Borgne

March 10th, 2013 | Artist Watch | No Comments
Cédric Le Borgne-Les-Voyageurs-Genève-2

 About the Artist Paris born artist Cédric Le Borgne invites everyone to view daily life in a fresh way, to rise up, to dream. By abolishing barriers, his work of exploring spaces is sensitive, his poetry subtly interacts with each place it comments upon. From sculptures made of chicken wire to photo or video, from […]

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MP3: Wakin On A Pretty Day by Kurt Vile

March 9th, 2013 | Music MP3, Uncategorized | No Comments

April 9th will see the release of, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, Kurt Vile’s fifth album in as many years. In anticipation, the Phillie rocker has put out the almost title track “Wakin On A Pretty Day”, which is an utterly lovely nine and a half minutes of focused noodling. Please don’t misinterpret the “noodling” comment […]

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International Women’s Day in Poetry

March 8th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Ashley Blanton, Mammary

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. In celebration, here are a few lines each from the solo poetry features of a baker’s dozen (13, as in 2013) of our international women! A tapas feast, a virtual banquet. Please click each poet’s name to read more of her work. And please also visit our Women in […]

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Women in History

March 6th, 2013 | Poetry | 1 Comment
Petah Coyne, Everything That Rises Must Converge, installation view

March is Women’s History Month in the USA and Friday, March 8, 2013 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, Escape Into Life presents this mini-anthology of international women in history by an international group of women poets. Click on each poet’s name to see her solo feature at EIL. For more sculpture by Petah Coyne, […]

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Xochi Solis

March 5th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Mixed-Media | No Comments
Solis_The Wild side of life_2012_gouache, acrylic, acetate, colored paper and found images on museum board_5x3.5

I Was Supposed to be Having the Time of My Life, 2011, gouache, acrylic, acetate, colored paper and found images on museum board, 7 x 5 in. The Wild Side of Life, 2012, gouache, acrylic, acetate, colored paper and found images on museum board, 5 x 3.5 in. If Everyone Was Happy There Would Never […]

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If Bees Are Few

March 4th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Chuck E. Bloom, What We Forget

Prairie by Shawn Decker To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do If bees are few. This brief poem by Emily Dickinson reminds us of the importance of reverie in our lives. Contemplation. Dreaming. Clear, cold thought. It’s all important. […]

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Poetry in (Eco)motion: Prairie by Shawn Decker

February 27th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Shawn Decker, Prairie wide

On a visit to Chicago this month, I got to see and hear Shawn Decker’s Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center, in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery. It’s a combination of sound sculpture and art installation, and it’s wonderful. When I went, there was a half-hour ballet in the space, On the Prairie: Elemental, a […]

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Eva Magill-Oliver

February 26th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments
Oliver_Turn_2012_mixed media, collage on paper_6x6

Turn, 2012, mixed media collage on paper, 6 x 6 in. Soon, 2012, mixed media collage on paper, 10 x 12 in. Surround, 2012, mixed media collage on paper, 10 x 12 in. Le Bois, 2010, ink, pencil and cut paper on paper, 27 x 35 in. Distance, 2012, mixed media collage on paper, 10 […]

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Death Sentences

February 20th, 2013 | EIL Blog | 2 Comments
Sergio Lopez, Anastasia

Sergio Lopez Here, in February, the month of romance, it might seem odd to explore the “death sentences,” or sentences about death in the journal of Escape Into Life’s founding editor, Chris Al-Aswad, but in another way, it seems quite natural that, like John Keats, a Romantic with a capital “R,” Chris was “half in […]

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Pascaline Dargant

February 19th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Collage | No Comments

  Pascaline Dargant’s Website  

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Kevin Miyazaki

February 14th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Photography | No Comments

Camp Home series Camp Home series Camp Home series Fast Food series Fast Food series As Seen series As Seen series As Seen series Camp Home Artist Statement In the series Camp Home (2007-present), I document the reuse of buildings from the Tule Lake and Heart Mountain Japanese internment camps, where members of my father’s […]

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Men in Love

February 13th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Joan Proudman, Navigator

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Each year we do something a little different to celebrate. This year, here are some love poems by men. Art by Joan Proudman. Eric Burke Scenic Overlook “Be one with the land,” I said, “like me.” You said, “I am one with the land like you, my songbird.” Mather Schneider Loco for […]

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MP3: Smother by Daughter

February 12th, 2013 | Music MP3 | No Comments

“Aching” is a descriptor that has become an unfortunate crutch for me when I’m talking about music. It’s not that I overuse it, or misuse it. I believe I use it pretty appropriately. But I use it lazily. I use it when a song makes me weak and sad, makes my bones hurt and I […]

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J. Bradley

February 6th, 2013 | Poetry | No Comments
Joe Sinness_Lot-of-You-Left-in-Me

  Joe Sinness   Forget About Our Jobs At The Record Store My mustache is not conducive to twiddling, palms unscathed of dangling your father’s foreclosed home above your bodice like a pair of left-handed scissors. I want us to take turns treating everything like train tracks, feed our rescuers their own horses; they’ll never […]

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Michelle Morin

February 5th, 2013 | Artist Watch, Painting | No Comments
Morin_Dove Diamond_2012

Winter Pelicans, 2012, watercolor and gouache on paper, 9 x 10 in. Return to the Woods, 2011, watercolor and gouache on paper, 11 x 14 in. Wings, 2012, watercolor and gouache on paper, 14 x 17.5 in. Pheasant and Pods, 2011, watercolor and gouache on paper, 12 x 16 in. Dove Diamond, 2012, watercolor and […]

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Howard Hodgkin

February 2nd, 2013 | Artist Watch | No Comments
After Visiting david hockney 1991-2

Howard Hodgkin was born in London in 1932 and attended Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. In 1984, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and in the following year won the Turner Prize.

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