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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorite poets. She actually didn’t write all that many poems during her life (compared to other poets who lived as long as she did). She was meticulous, picking and choosing every word with the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes

The Blues always impressed me as being very sad, sadder even than the Spirituals, because their sadness is not softened with tears, but hardened with laughter … of a sadness where there is no god to appeal to. — Langston … Continue reading

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Czeslaw Milosz on the “Conspiracy of Silence”

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” – dissident poet – and immigrant to America – Czeslaw Milosz, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. You can read … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to “the Ploughman Poet” of Scotland

In other words: Robert Burns. Or perhaps I should say “Rahbbie Barrrrrrrrns.” Robert Burns was born poor in the middle of the 18th century. He had a lot of brothers and sisters, his parents were farmers. Yet his father decided … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on this day in 1792. Shelley, along with his BFF Lord Byron, thumbed their nose at the conventions of their current era (and ours, too, and any era), and he courted controversy right off … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins is a poet near and dear to my heart. I wrote a long post about him here. Biographical information, thoughts on his verse, his philosophy, at that link. Tangent, Yet Related And funny how connections remain, dovetailing, … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been on the move. Out in LA for 6 days, staying first with Alex and Chrisanne, and then checking into the Hotel California with my mother and two sisters. There was no pink champagne on ice, and we were … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Edward Lear

Edward Lear (the “father of nonsense”) was born on this day in 1812 in London. I could recite from memory a lot of his stuff when I was pretty close to the age I was in the “candid” photo above. … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Love Poetry,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Camille Paglia is furious about what has been done to the canon in her lifetime. Furious, I tell you! Her three books (outside of the essay … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s epitaph to his dog: One who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices. This praise would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but … Continue reading

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