Category Archives: Poetry

The Old Account Was Settled

The Old Account Was Settled There’s a country gospel song about our debt of sin.  It goes: The old account was settled long ago. I’ve been reckoning up accounts that ordinarily get settled in young adulthood, when you figure out … Continue reading

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My Father’s Continuing Funerary Cortege

My Father’s Continuing Funerary Cortege A country song comes to mind as I try to picture what reading the complete extant papers of my father has been like for me during these past weeks.  There’s a long line of mourners … Continue reading

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My Latest Teaching Anxiety Dream

My Latest Teaching Anxiety Dream Last night I had a variant of the dream that visits many teachers in the pre-dawn hours.  Short of taking a survey, I have yet to meet a teacher who’s never had this dream in … Continue reading

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If Our Time Could Speak

If Our Time Could Speak In recent columns, I’ve mentioned that for me The Plague has opened the time to read through the journals, correspondence and manuscripts, published and unpublished, of my late father, Henry M. Rosenthal, who was considered, … Continue reading

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It’s August and My Shrink is in the Hamptons!

It’s August and My Shrink is in the Hamptons! There was a time in Manhattan when virtually everyone I knew was in Freud-based therapy.  So people would have trouble getting through August, because that was when their shrinks were vacationing … Continue reading

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The Coziness of Louisa May Alcott

The Coziness of Louisa May Alcott “Coziness” is not a word in the highest repute.  In the 17th century, when the philosophers called “modern” were allowing the new physics to define reality, the features they deemed objectively-out-there were measurable: like … Continue reading

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It’s Our Twentieth!

It’s Our Twentieth! January 20th, 2020, is our twentieth anniversary and, over the past few days, we’ve been talking about what it all means. In our first year, when I still lived in New York and Jerry in Washington D.C., … Continue reading

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The Body Problem

The Body Problem Some years back, a path-breaking feminist book was published bearing the title, Our Bodies/Our Selves.  It included black and white photos of stuff that I was not liberated enough to inspect too closely.  I would have titled … Continue reading

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Lost Innocence and Tanya Tucker

Lost Innocence and Tanya Tucker Tanya Tucker hasn’t put out a country album in 17 years.  While she’s been… wherever she’s been… country music has changed and now resembles rock ‘n roll.  There’s a heavy, percussive roar behind virtually every … Continue reading

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Androgyny?

Androgyny? “The Lure of Androgyny” is the title of an article I just read.  It reports that the trend to downplay biological differences between the sexes is now world-wide.  This is different from giving women equal opportunity.  More like: THERE’S … Continue reading

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