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… all of the pictures that fell into the uncomfortable category were of African-Americans. It was clear that an important part of the project, as it developed, became, for my father, to document the experience of people, mostly African-Americans, who lived in a part of the city different from the one where he had grown up; yet it was also clear that this young White Ivy League graduate felt conspicuous and awkward wandering around in unfamiliar neighborhoods with his camera, like a tourist where a tourist shouldn’t be. His pictures were often taken at odd angles, as if quickly grabbed, and, though later cropped and straightened in the printing, often taken from behind something else—partly the pictures of a tourist, perhaps, but also the notes of a sort of spy.

— from Benjamin Swett’s “My Father’s Green Album” in the current issue of Salmagundi, #210-211. Read the full piece on the site below

Rick Moody, Life Coach:




Salmagundi 210 - 211, Spring - Summer 2021

The Insomniac

Revelations in Small Sunbaked Squares

Dakota Mystery, 10 May 1994

How Zen Ruins Poets




Violetta, 2000

My Father’s Green Album

Salmagundi 210 - 211, Spring - Summer 2021

Reshuffling The Canon

Covid Diary

Undertow, Wolf’s Head Lake


Literature and Engagement:

The Power of Words


Kid Music

Postscript House

The Poet’s Staircase

The Return