Articles by Magdalena Edwards

November 26, 2013

I Found a Way to Enter: Diving Into Writing 3

I want to look for my entry onto the page, into a line, an image, a something. The seven-plus-minute song “Reflektor” has become a ritual these days. Blast it louder and maybe the portal will appear. Will I dive in?

November 14, 2012

Playing Telephone with Emily Dickinson and Paul Legault 1

Legault transports Dickinson into mostly fortune-cookie length snippets of contemporary English, a dialect spoken widely in urban pockets like Brooklyn, where increasing numbers of the highly educated and literary classes live, procreate, keep each other amused, and make their own cheese.

January 11, 2012

My Hour of the Star: On Clarice Lispector 5

Whether through direct address or the urban intensity and flat out strangeness of the prose, the reader cannot lurk behind the book’s spine, but rather is constantly called upon.

August 10, 2011

Anniversaries, Anesthesia, and Elizabeth Bishop 10

The fixating on being “now exactly at the age” or moment when the anniversary of a terrible thing that happened or didn’t happen that Elizabeth Bishop describes, I know this. The same week I received my copies of the new Bishop volumes edited by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, I took my three-year-old son to the emergency room.