The Anti-Hero’s Journey: Poets Can Play, Too

Many novels follow a circular pattern, much like the hero's journey that Joseph Campbell made famous. But what of the anti-hero's journey? Or a world with journeys that lack any heroes? Can they start in one place, go out on their fraught arcs, and return, too, changed irrevocably? The questions come to mind when reading …

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Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Poetic Device? (Maybe You)

Handle with care. We've all seen the sticker on packages of fragile goods. We should see it on packages of poetic devices, too. Like salt, a little goes a long way. Thing is, some writers shy away from the simplest of devices completely. Take repetition. I know of one poet who uses Word, highlights her …

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Loss of Libraries: A Hole in Our Social Fabric

The Year of Living Dangerously, a. k. a. 2020, will be remembered as a year of many losses, greatest of which is human life. There will be many small losses to account for, too, including human interaction, jobs, and in some cases, sanity. Less noticed on the list of these losses is the shuttering of …

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