The Ekphrastic Fantastic

Ekphrasis, according to The Oxford Classical Dictionary, means "the rhetorical description of a work of art." And Edward Hirsch, in his hefty resource, A Poet's Glossary, quotes Paul Valéry as saying, "We should apologize that we dare to speak about painting" in one breath, and, "There are important reasons for not keeping silent [since] all …

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Stupid Questions

In the education world, the saying goes, there are no stupid questions. But in the big-boy world, the expression has deep roots. One place where it is most prevalent is sports, where breathless victors, still caught up in the power and the glory of their heart-stopping wins, often find a mic thrust into their faces …

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Political Poems Big and, Better Yet, Small

Political. It's a big-tent word, all right. And these days most folks focus on the "big" as in bigmouths that crowd the field we should call "government" but instead call "politics" because there's more politics than government going on by far. You can write a political poem about this bigness, sure. But it's a tricky …

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The “Sullen Art” of Writing Poetry

Sure, some writers love to spout off about inspiration, about their passion for writing, about the way their precious ideas bloop out as finished products, ninth month in the first week and Hail Caesarean! Then you have the honest writers. The ones who write quality poems, but acknowledge it as work that seems to take …

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My Book Finds Precious Real Estate

So your book is listed on amazon. Ho-hum. The same is true for 4,609,398,623,211 other books. Where the rubber really hits the road is when your book sits on a bookstore shelf. We're talking prime real estate, many dots beyond com, between Barnes and his distinguished brother, Noble, say, or between some Mom and some …

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