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“The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have, else they will never have better.” — Harriet Monroe

“I started in early with Shakespeare, Byron, Shelley, with Dickens and Thackeray; and always the book-lined library gave me a friendly assurance of companionship with lively and interesting people, gave me friends of the spirit to ease my loneliness.” – … Continue reading

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“Before verse can be human again it must learn to be brutal.” — Irish poet Austin Clarke

“He cleared a non-Yeatsian space in which an Irish poet might build a confident poetry in English for which the term ‘Anglo-Irish’ is meaningless.” – Michael Schmidt, Lives of the Poets Austin Clarke was born in Dublin on this day … Continue reading

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“Too many poets delude themselves by thinking the mind is dangerous and must be left out. Well, the mind is dangerous, and must be left in.” — Robert Frost

“[The poem] begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life–not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2020, Part 2

Here’s part 1, a list of things I’ve written for other outlets. This list, then, is a hodge-podge of the things I’ve written here this year. Anyone familiar with this joint knows that I do tribute posts for people’s birthdays. … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” – Robert Frost

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Volume 1: Modern Poetry, edited by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O’Clair I have always thought that Robert Frost was darker than he is given credit for. … Continue reading

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Free Verse

I’d just as soon play tennis with the net down. — Robert Frost on writing free verse, 1956

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Happy Birthday: “Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Today in 1923 – Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was published in the New Republic. The story of the composition of that poem is very cool. One of my favorite kinds of inspirational stories. It is … Continue reading

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Thanks, Robert Frost

Thanks, Robert Frost by David Ray Do you have hope for the future? someone asked Robert Frost, toward the end. Yes, and even for the past, he replied, that it will turn out to have been all right for what … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Snowy Woods

I learned that today, in 1923, Robert Frost’s “Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening” was published in the New Republic. Here’s the story of the composition of that poem – which I think is just GREAT: Though it’s … Continue reading

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Commonplace

“Too many poets delude themselves by thinking the mind is dangerous and must be left out. Well, the mind is dangerous, and must be left in.” — Robert Frost

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