Two real treats came in the mail today. The first is yet another memoir by Marlena De Blasi , this one set in Sicily. Isn't that the most beautiful book cover you've ever seen? The second is the most recent issue of American Arts Quarterly , a journal I always look forward to for its fresh take on representational art, both contemporary and historical. This time around, though, I've been awaiting AAQ even more breathlessly, because a poem of mine is in it, along with poems by Joseph Bathanti , and Kim Bridgford . Nico-approved reading I'll post a link to my poem once it's up. I wrote it shortly after my father's death, and it may be the truest thing I've ever put on paper.