Like artist Mary Miss's installation Pool Complex at Laumeier Sculpture Park, I explore personal connections with the past in the hope of revealing universal truths for all who seek them–as well as observations on the present as I encounter it in art, reading, and personal reflection.

Fall Poem

Gold drips from barren trees Sunlight older in the afternoon Grown tired, brown leaves scatter Wind carries them where it will Winter's coming to the fields, The parks, the streets, the neighborhoods Old man huddles in his room Blanket drawn high to chest He knew a... read more

Write About Now

My first job as a paid writer was with the University of Missouri-Kansas City's student newspaper. I wrote for the arts section. Album reviews. Exhibit reviews. An interview with the new head of the dance program. My cult classic "MTV Hell." The editor of the arts... read more

Awakenings

Today, Maggie comes home after spending election week in Washington, D.C. It reminds me of a similar trip I took in February 1984. My first plane ride and my first trip outside of the Midwest. I, like Maggie, was 17. I had somehow been recruited for a program called... read more

The Bully on the Bus

In college, I rode a bus from my apartment complex to campus and back every day. Some days, a girl rode the bus who, I liked to think, was like me. Quiet. Shy. Serious. From the way she dressed and watched the familiar Columbia, Missouri, streets glide pass through... read more

Trump l'oeil

Down here it's just winners and losers And don't get caught on the wrong side of that line –Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City" Personally, I will lose nothing if Donald Trump wins. I am a white man. I was born in America. I grew up in one of eight towns in the... read more

History in Black & White IV: How Deep Is Your Valley?

This is the fourth and final part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. Encouraged by the newly formed group Civic Progress, voters in 1955 approved the $110.6 million bond issue needed for the Mill Creek... read more

History in Black & White III: Stones in Their Passway

This is the third part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. The final part will be published on The Write Fox Blog soon. As even more African Americans moved to St. Louis in the early twentieth century, they... read more

History in Black & White II: Last Fair Deal Gone Down

This is the second part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. The third part will be published on The Write Fox Blog soon. When Auguste Chouteau began building St. Louis in 1764 under orders from Pierre... read more

History in Black & White, Part I: Boredom is an Energy

This is the first part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. The second and third parts will be published on The Write Fox Blog in coming weeks. In the spring of 1997, a year into my editorship of Gateway... read more