Suzanne Levine


Although our work for the week was devoted to words, I’m posting some photographs to illustrate our magical week on the Amalfi Coast.


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He’s back for DNA testing

A Monarchist Declines the King

Oh my lord, that spine. The S shape is my imprimatur,

just S. But you, after six hundred years, you are Mantel-

ready. Ready to replace Wolf Hall’s Cromwell as her

latest he. And who knows, her revisionist history might

then bury you in Westminster, in a stone-riven crypt

from Sussex at Horsham! A worshipper of royals, I

pressed esses into sealing wax and imagined the princess

sisters bowed over polished escritoires. With a head full

of pudding and suspicious of my birth year by centuries,

you and I have settled down, like the dig at Greyfriars church.

Drunken Boat #18

The beautiful, latest issue of DB is available on-line. I hope you will look for my poem, Press/Release.

Jeroboams of Joy in 2014,


Tidbits from Bleak House I couldn’t keep to my self. The man writes like the Dickens.

Each action permeates character and scene leaving the reader full but not overstuffed and burping adjectives. Dickens has the right words and the genius to play them in the right order, one of the Sisyphean tasks for writers.

“He retired into the sanctuary of his blue coat.”

“Such a fine woman as her, so handsome and so elegant, is like a fresh lemon on a dinner table, ornamental wherever she goes.”

“… down the hall, a few steps ahead of Mercury.”

“He came back like a recollection.”

“The ghosts of trees and houses, clothes lines…”

Mark it down. March 23-29, 2014

and sign up now for Praiano Writers with Wally Lamb, Lary Bloom and Suzanne Levine. Fly away with us for a week on the Amalfi Coast of workshops and readings like you’ve never seen before. You are only a click away,

An example of the local culture below: Paolo Sandulli’s sculpted women. Paola, also a poet, is a featured reader during our “Night of the Poets.” (

A short walk from the Villa to Paolo's studio in the torre.

A short walk from the villa to Paolo’s studio in the torre.


Clo and Stephen Davis: The P and W in Praiano Writers



Wally Lamb, Lary Bloom, Clo and Stephen Davis and I just returned home after a week long writers conference in the little town of Praiano on the Amalfi coast of Italy. I’m counting on some pictures to tell you about our pioneers, the first writers brave enough to sign onto our adventure of exploring writing as cross genre story telling. We are still decompressing but find it’s hard to come down from the high we experienced insieme, together.



A Siren Call to All Writers

The Amalfi Coast is calling. We have two spots left for you to join me, Lary Bloom and Wally Lamb for six days in Praiano, Italy. Please click on for more information. Say, ciao to all this white stuff and heed the call.



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