Shining determination: A Thousand Splendid Suns at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater

Last week I enjoyed a production of A Thousand Splendid Suns, a stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel by Ursula Rani Sarma and directed by Carey Perloff, at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.  The title, from a 17th century poem written by Saib-e-Tabrizi as he passed through Afghanistan on his way from Persia to India, celebrates Kabul’s landscape […]

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Synchronized Chaos February 2017: In Conversation

  This month’s submissions represent literal or metaphorical conversations: snippets of overheard or spoken dialogue, responses to cultural ideas or to others’ writing, or poetic tension among various ideas or emotional states. Some contributors directly show people talking, or interacting in different ways. Joe Balaz offers up two poems written in the dialect of Hawaiian Pidgin, […]

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Poetry from Joe Balaz

BOUNTY BOB “Bounty Bob” wuz wun really good pig hunter. He wuz humble too but he wuz wun man’s man tough and determined in da bush. Everybody knew who da king of da mountain wuz. Bob took it all in stride and he wuz always cool. He went aftah da big male boars out deah […]

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Christopher Bernard reviews the Curran Theater’s ‘Fun Home’

Alessandra Baldacchino, Pierson Salvador and Lennon Nate Hammond advertise their family’s funeral home in “Fun Home.” © Joan Marcus   GROWING UP GAY IN A FUNERAL HOME IN THE STICKS—REALLY!   Fun Home Music by Jeanine Tesori Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron Based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel     The Curran Theater, […]

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Poetry from Joan Beebe

A New Year’s Purpose   At the start of the New Year,   My purpose is clear –   To fly a mighty jet through skies of blue,   I toss and turn as a storm approaches   I’m up and I’m down and sideways too.   But my struggle is a test   And […]

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Christopher Bernard: Trumplandia

The News from Trumplandia (Adapted from the Work of Basho, John Milton, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot) Mauled, marred, and mutilated by Christopher Bernard   Mr. Trumpollinax When Mr. Trumpollinax walked across the United States His laughter fell like a bull’s cock among the teacups. I thought of W., now a shy figure in […]

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Poetry from J.J. Campbell

12 hours of bliss   another drunken night of loneliness scribbling down the first words that come to mind insanity never tasted as good as you did on our last night together 12 hours of bliss in hindsight i should have known it would never get any better only the lucky ones get to leave […]

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