Swapping Clothes with a Scarecrow

As we wind up a week in which some Flake or other decided to call for a fair (read: limited to a week or less) and open-minded (read: with rules and scope determined by the electoral college president and his Republican Senate lackeys) investigation of a completely impartial, dignified, and judicious nominee for the Used-To-Be-Supreme …

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The Child of Your Rainy Sundays

When you pick up a novel you read years ago, threads of narrative fabric stand out, looking familiar to you. Not so the poetry collection. If you've read it once, a year ago or more, chances are it will feel new to you as you read it again. A gift, then! Further testament to the …

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Why Do Some Poems Inspire You To Write While Others Don’t?

After Roman Coliseum-like spectacles like yesterday's special Senate hearing on the pending Supreme Court nomination, one can't help but curl up in a ball of despair or read poetry. I chose poetry. It took my mind off ugly things and reminded me of what can be beautiful in life. For succor, I chose my copy …

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A Certain, Lovely Ghostliness

There is more poetry in autumn than summer, it would seem. Traveling from the congested highways of an overcrowded Commonwealth to the quiet shorelines of a Maine lake proves as much. Last night we arrived to high winds and whitecaps. This morning I arise to clear, Canadian air, sun, calm. That coupled with the possibility …

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The Good-Reading Prince Discovers Royalties

HAMLET: To-read or not to-read? That is the question. OPHELIA: Don't tell me. Goodreads member, right? HAMLET: How did you know? Art thou a mind reader? OPHELIA: A profile reader, you great, fool Dane. 87 books "read" and 8,777 books "to-read," I see. HAMLET: Uh, what are you doing here, anyway? Do you not understand …

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Random Thoughts: September Edition

Humidity has made New England its home these past few weeks. The eviction notices don't appear to be working. According to translators Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt, the famous Cold Mountain poems appear to have been written by more than one person over time. Is that as shocking as Shakespeare wasn't written by Shakespeare? Not …

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Guilt as the Root of All Poetry

Emotions and feelings. They are like the gasoline and oil of that engine we call creativity. Take guilt, for instance. A powerful motivator. A source of bitter reflection. And not the type of thing a fugitive from conscience wants chasing after him. Below are two war-related poems with guilt as their tap root. It's the …

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