Book Lists & Piles, Done With Style

So you've got a book list. Congratulations and don't we all. It's like having an idea. Pretty cheap, as tricks go, but it's all too abstract. What really counts is something entirely more concrete: a book pile. Now we're talking. Now we're cooking with gas. Now we've got something we can stack six ways to …

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Random Thoughts, June Edition

As we approach the first day of summer, a.k.a. Midsummer's Night, a.k.a. the summer solstice, a.k.a. the last day of school for certain poet/teachers, I can't help but think how weird it is for early bird types like me who retire before 9. As you might imagine, going to bed is tougher when light is …

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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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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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Poetry in Motion and Other Moving Thoughts

Notes on my return from spring break: Time flies even when you don't (file under "fear of flying"). Which is to say, a week off traveling someplace will always disappear faster than a week off at home. Reading on a train is conducive to sleeping. After training south on Amtrak's "Quiet Car" and failing 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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