You’re Not Getting Older; They’re Getting Younger

I once wrote a poem (it's lying around here somewhere) about how young some of these doctors I've seen are getting. Do they really know what the hell they're doing? I wondered. For some reason, I prefer seeing white-haired-but-healthy-looking sorts behind a scalpel. Behind a jet airliner's controls, too. But part of the Isaac Newton …

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Talking with the Buddha of Poetry (Part 2)

Q: Do you see any return in popularity to form poetry? A: It's impossible to say. Certainly there are proponents and practitioners. Some poets are of a mathematical mind, which surprises many readers but shouldn't. Meter and rhyme bring different skills to the table. Read the masters who fill poetry anthologies. While you may find …

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Submittable, Reading Fees, Coffee, Et Cetera

If you traffic in poetry, by now you've registered with Submittable, the Portal of Hope. It used to be called "Submishmash," I think, but that unfortunate name was retired by a blender. So the more common-sensical Submittable it is. For those of us who need order in our disorderly lives, Submittable is a blessing. Of …

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You Won’t Find This Quiz on Goodreads*

*But if you did and took it, you'd probably be in first place thanks to this sneak preview.   Nota bene: This quiz is for experts--that is, anyone who has ever read a poem (ANY poem, even "Roses Are Red--Still"). Having read The Indifferent World itself is not a requirement. It only helps a little, I …

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Student-Friendly Poems: The Super Heroes of the Classroom

English teachers' usual approach into literature is inductive. They read a poem aloud -- usually two or three times -- perhaps ask students to mark it up or analyze it in pairs or a group, and then wonder if they might write a thesis statement that includes the theme. Thus, to determine the author's purpose, …

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