Writing Is a Solitary Pursuit, But…

Writing is a solitary pursuit, yes, as well it should be. And it seems best suited for the early morning hours. But first things first. If you have a dog, you have a perfect excuse to walk it in pre-dawn darkness. Only this morning there was the full moon, making the headlamp unnecessary, and that …

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News Flash: Poetry Matters Again!

The September 2018 issue of The Atlantic --- a bit briny as usual --- just beached itself in my mailbox and lo, there was a feature article on poetry in it! What's more, it's headline proclaimed ("Dewey Wins!"-like) "How Poetry Came to Matter Again." Which means, in case you haven't been paying attention, that poetry hasn't …

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Random Thoughts: August Edition

Yes, it's time for some Random Thoughts (Copyright and Patent Pending) for the month of August, named after the formidably crowned Caesar Augustus: Speaking of August, summer is fast running out of real estate, at least for teachers. It officially ends on September 23rd, yes, but for educators, it ends on the first day of …

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“Free” & “Publicity” in the Land of Poetry?

When it comes to wonderful cities, you can have New York City. I'll take Free Publicity every time. Of course, the terms "free publicity" and "poet" are strange bedfellows. It takes a perfect storm of coincidences, personalities, and planet alignments. Yet that's exactly what happened last week to Anders Carlson-Wee. On the 5th of July, …

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First-Place “Garbage”

As with journalism, poetry often rewards those with an angle. Got something new, different? Or are you the same old skylark, Grecian urn, and daffodils; the same old mended wall, spidery design, and woods-you-think-you-know? In her chapbook, Reservoir (winner of the 2017 Yemassee Journal Chapbook Contest), Taneum Bambrick assembles 17 poems. Only they're not your …

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Poetry — The Word, Not the Genre

In recent months, the Poetry Foundation's flagbearer magazine, Poetry, has been featuring the same cover, only with different typographical fonts and colors, using the six letters in the word "poetry." While I have not been ga-ga about what is being printed between the pages of this magazine, I do like the simplicity and beauty of …

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