About The Author

About the Author Alistair McHarg spent his early years in Edinburgh and Amsterdam, moving to Philadelphia with his father, Ian, and mother, Pauline, at age six. He attended Germantown Friends School, Haverford College, and the University of Louisville. The prestige of an M.A. in Creative Writing enabled McHarg to secure employment with one of Philadelphia’s […]

The Intoxication of Poetry

Two-time Poet Laureate, Howard Nemerov, and celebrated photographer, Diane Arbus, had a great deal in common. This talented brother and sister act shared what I would call an emotionally brittle nature, and a lifelong battle with depression. Arbus, famously, lost that battle at a young age. Her suicide was no desperate plea for help; she […]

Poetry: Too Important To Be Left To The Sane

As an insecure, fear-driven youth I relied exclusively on intellect. Lacking faith in social institutions, other people, or myself, I steadfastly trusted my mind’s ability to predict and manage life’s challenges. It made for a chilly, detached existence I found satisfactory. “Poetry is far too important to be left to the sane.” Taz Mopula Manic […]

Tristan Tzara, Marcel Duchamp & René Magritte Enter A Non-Existent Bar…

Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 – Marcel Duchamp Strolling through… WWW.ALISTAIRMCHARG.COM …one is inevitably struck by the austere minimalism, opulent use of white space, and painstaking attention to detail which combine to create a rarefied atmosphere at once calm, cool, and occasionally collected. “Ultimately it’s not what you don’t say that matters most so much as […]