Random Thoughts for October: Scary Times

These days, there is nothing United about the States of America. No surprise, given ours is a god of irony. It is dangerous reading the newspapers, indeed. If you believe in freedom of the press (the First and Foremost Amendment), you put your money where your mouth is and subscribe to a newspaper or two. …

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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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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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September Streams of Consciousness…

September? Already? School in session? Already? What a mockery that last day of summer (Sept. 22nd) will make of you (when it gets here). You, who've presided over summer's funeral prematurely. Do the words "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated" not mean anything to you? And what are you doing on book review …

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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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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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Random Thoughts: July Edition

Summer vacation giveth and summer vacation taketh away. Yes, there is more time for reading, which is why you carried that extra piece of luggage to paradise, but there are also more family and friends buzzing about, sometimes visitors for a day (or two) and sometimes visitors for a week (or two). Company and reading …

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Random Thoughts: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Memorial Day Weekend. It gets quiet around here. People leave for the Cape. First, for the stop-and-go traffic heading to the Cape. Eventually for the stop-and-go traffic returning from the Cape. All this for sand in your bathing suit and a sunburn. Nota bene: You can get sunburned on your back patio. No gas, no …

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