What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
The figurative paintings are leisurely scenes operating as dysfunctional stage plays–artificial arenas of experience cribbed from bits of art history, popular culture, and personal allegory. Color fields function as backdrops of static energy against which the “cast” nonchalantly mingles: placid and bored, unaware of their own interaction with an expectant audience. This sense of waiting imbues the works with present and potential identities and is the defining thematic characteristic of these works: gestalt, modernist simultaneity.

Join us inside the studio of William LaChance.

Ginsberg came to my house one afternoon
and said he was giving up poetry
because it told lies, that language distorts.
I agreed, but asked what we have
that gets it right even that much.
We look up at the stars and they are
not there. We see the memory
of when they were, once upon a time.
And that too is more than enough.

Jack Gilbert, “The Lost Hotels of Paris”

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”


Sylvia Plath was born on this day 82 years ago.


Sylvia Plath’s work has always been an inspiration to me, and she communicates beautifully what it means to be a writer. I’m definitely going to treat myself to a re-read of my favorite poems to celebrate her birthday!


Free this Saturday, October 18: American Poets magazine reading and launch party with Jericho Brown, Kimiko Hahn, and Dorothea Lasky at The New School.

I know I am not the first woman to ask this, but how can I be both damaged and heroic? Both damaged and lovable? How do I become the protagonist of a story?

Dead white guys and not-dead not-white not guys hate it when you dismiss revered works of art and literature by saying, Ugggggggggh. I hate this.

And give no reasons why at all.

If I live to a hundred, do I really have to spend eighty-five or more of those years explaining why I don’t like this?

Jenny Zhang, from Hags (Guillotine #7) [which you can, and should, purchase here] (via rustbeltjessie)