* Ashley David *
My Polish residency officially expired yesterday, and I mourn its passing. Nevermind that my non-renewal of this residency status was due to pressing US concerns and according to original plan. I’ve been back in the US for four and a half weeks (which is a vague approximation of a particular and specifiable quantity of hours of which I am all too aware). My US house is delightful. My critters are happy in their garden. I’ve landed a new freelance gig and started a new (small) business, the combination of which makes the US bills do-able. I’ve embarked on a new arts project that I’m excited about. I’m also tending to those pressing concerns. But, “home” remains in Warsaw. How is this possible?!?
* Paula Mendoza *
I’m fascinated by the phenomenon of literary intimacy—the relationship between a reader and the literature they love—and in particular, the intimacy between a poetry reader, and the poets they admire.