A blog about the stories that nourish and sustain us, and the small miracles of everyday life. Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland magazine and the author of numerous books, most recently the novel The Plover.
A celebration of a rare and extraordinary thing
by Brian Doyle | Friday, May 27, 2016
Who has a ponytail at 70?
by Brian Doyle | Friday, May 20, 2016
The way she flowed into that bus
by Brian Doyle | Friday, May 13, 2016
In praise of the One O’Clock Fox
by Brian Doyle | Friday, May 06, 2016
(There will be no extra credit)
by Brian Doyle | Friday, April 29, 2016
Sweep before you leap
by Brian Doyle | Friday, April 22, 2016
A note on Aussie football with the season Down Under now underway
by Brian Doyle | Friday, April 15, 2016
A love song
by Brian Doyle | Friday, April 08, 2016
A season-ending note on roundball
by Brian Doyle | Friday, April 01, 2016
Remembrance of a Saturday morning
by Brian Doyle | Friday, March 25, 2016
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by John Kaag
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.