Rules for Writers: A Baker’s Dozen

Here are some suggested daily habits for writers. It's OK if they are broken because that's what resolutions in habits' clothing are meant to suffer! Still, let us amuse ourselves as if rules are hard and fast: If you have little or no discipline around technology, keep a writing notebook. Buy the best damned notebook …

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Leviathan (Or, My Summer Reading List)

There's an old saying, now out of style in our "Supersize me!" society," that goes like this: "My eyes were bigger than my stomach." It means the food looked damn good, so you ordered (bought, cooked, helped yourself to) all of it and then couldn't finish it. The equivalent for readers? "My summer reading ambitions …

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Ghazals as Elegies: Ask Not for Whom the Word Tolls…

Summer solstice. Midsummer's Night. A hard day's night into the longest day of the year. Last day of school. First day of summer reading. All this, and still living on Mars with Tracy K. Smith. Part Two of Smith's Pulitzer poetry collection, Life on Mars, consists of elegies of various kinds in honor of her …

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Life on Mars — Given the News, Maybe Better Than Life on Earth

While I wait for my summer reading books to coalesce from library orders and online book orders, I must first worry about the library books. Interlibrary loan, the 8th Wonder of the World, has its disadvantages like everything else. It all depends on the library. And the book. As Exhibit A, I give you Tracy …

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In Plain Sight: A Review of Plainwater by Anne Carson

When you enjoy a new-to-you author this much, you just hope you haven't made the mistake of choosing her best book to read first. And though Plainwater is a flavorful mix of essays and poetry, it really amounts to poetry, whether in traditional lines and stanzas or hidden in paragraph form. The lady has a word …

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