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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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: 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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Another One of Those “Random Thoughts” Posts…

Random Thoughts, Early May Edition: I just read about this guy, scientist and entrepreneur Joe Betts-Lacroix, who says the antiaging business is “an $8 billion industry of stuff that doesn’t work.” Maybe poets should write poems about anti-aging research. They may not work, but they'll pay well. You know you've made it if you're referred to …

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What Does “National Poetry Month” Actually Mean? I Found the Answers.

I almost forgot, but it's National Poetry Month. How I ever went a full week without realizing it is beyond me, but here we are and here I am, apparently unscathed. What the heck does National Poetry Month mean, anyway? Is it more inept political meddling on the part of our Do-Nothing Congress led by …

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Poetry Pays in Strange Ways

Writing is work--a craft as much as the handsomely-paid job of carpentry. Too bad payment for writing is nowhere near that enjoyed by the lads of lumber. Poetry specifically pays poorly. Most often, when you submit to a journal, your compensation is (ta-da!) a complimentary copy. Which brings us to today's conundrum--what to do with …

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