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Essays by

John Palattella

 

Forms of Action

Dust in thick clouds crept up the avenues. Crowds of people in dirty suits and dresses walked north, and many of the women were barefoot, […]

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Earthly Anecdotes

A year ago, there was no snow on the ground, and I was thinking about icebergs. “We’d rather have the iceberg than the ship,” begins […]

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Meaning a Life

Along with George’s Selected Letters, Meaning a Life is the only prose account of the Oppens’ composite life as they understood it. Inside that story Mary has nested another—a rare story of imagination, companionship and love becoming mysteriously and beautifully aligned.

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Consolation Prizes

Immediately after 9/11, one of the ways Americans tried to explain the terrorist attacks to themselves was by reading, and sharing through fax and email, W. H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939.”

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