Bringing Color to Your List Poem

Although Dorianne Laux's poem, "Ode to Gray," is dedicated to Sharon Olds, for poets it stands as a unique type of list poem, a more challenging one. What Laux did was what any of us could do, and though the concept is a simple one, the execution is another matter. What you do is start …

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“The Silent Passion, the Deep Nobility and Childlike Loveliness”

Photographic memories are not necessary. A small pad of paper will do. I mean for those times when you feel a bit overwhelmed by the moment and can't put it into words --- yet. For the time being, just make a note of the camping site: the rock walls and mountain ridges and forests. The …

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“Mother Nature Hasn’t Lost a Duel in 4.5 Billion Years”

Yesterday we looked at Robert Bly's book, News of the Universe, which --- in terms of poetry --- posited that man does best when he interprets himself as another animal subject to the same natural rules as all other animals. Today, in The New York Times opinion section, columnist Thomas L. Friedman picked up on …

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A Day in the Life (Non-Beatles Version)

5:30 a.m. Rise and, first and foremost, get water boiling for a carafe of freshly-ground coffee. The first cup is the best. Always. But that never stopped a man from nursing numbers two and three. 6:00 a.m. Before checking the old inbox, repeat three times: "I need some good news today." Click. See Merriam-Webster's word …

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