William Blake, British Rockers, and a Chariot of Fire

Students tend to think of poetry as an English teacher problem. "Oh, man," their attitude seems to be. "Only an English teacher could love something like poetry. Me, I can't understand any of it, except maybe the poems I read in elementary school." Ironic, given how much students love music, because music means lyrics and …

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Milosz on Merwin’s “Utterance”

I've been reading a book of poems edited by Czeslaw Milosz and enjoying his commentary before each poem as much as the poems themselves. Called A Book of Luminous Things, the volume will forever enjoy a special place in my heart because I bought it in a distant town that  I was visiting and had …

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