Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Chicken and Sancerre

Book Title: Impractical Thinking

Good morning, friends! I’m delighted for poet Arne Weingart to answer interview questions from Chicago at Bacon today. He writes about God and despair, chicken and Sancerre, among other aspects of Life in the Time of Corona. You might have seen his poem “Joe Namath at Whole Foods” a few days ago. I am also relieved to share some good news. Day 10 seems to …

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March 19, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Joe Namath at Whole Foods

Book Title: Unpractical Thinking

We’re all thinking more about our trips to the grocery store, right? I made a quick trip to my local Kroger at 10 am yesterday, and though there weren’t many shoppers, I still felt – you know – concerned. The shelves were pretty decimated, certainly of popular items. That being said, no one is going to starve in Nashville, Tennessee based on what I saw. …

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February 20, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Jarvis Crocker Says Dance for Me Tonight

A poem can make you pause; a poem can make you laugh, or cry;  a poem can encourage you loudly or brightly – or ever so quietly – to seize the day.  I love this one by Arne Weingart… *      *     * Jarvis Crocker Says Dance for Me Tonight At the top of the two hundred eighty-two stairs from which point you …

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February 19, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Pause

Book Title: Levitation for Agnostics

Reading a novel can be just like daily life:  you’re moving a million miles an hour.  A great, suspenseful novel makes you want to sprint to the finish even if you’re enjoying the journey.  Poetry – not so much.  Poetry is more like a snow day.   Today, if you can, pause with me and enjoy Arne Weingart’s “Inland Whales,” part of his award-winning collection, Levitation for …

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February 17, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bathtub Reading… (Levitation for Agnostics, by Arne Weingart)

Book Title: Levitation for Agnostics

I read Arne Weingart’s new book of poetry in the bathtub: PERFECTION.  Levitation for Agnostics seems meant for soaking and reflection.  None of the poems are pretentious or tiresome, and though I would describe more of them as wistful than cheerful, they all lift the spirit.  This is what the right words can do. A quick note to Mayor Megan Barry:  this collection would be an excellent pick …

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October 9, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Hometown Hero Arne Weingart Visits from Chicago

Arne Weingart made quite an impression at his niece Sherrie Gordon Eisenman’s birthday party.  “I have vivid and fond memories of Arne singing folk songs at my party in December of 1965.  The playroom was full of wall to wall mattresses, made up with quilts for each 9-year-old guest.  Arne sat in the middle of the room playing his guitar and singing… The Sounds of Silence, Turn, …

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