On Day I, I wrote about a book I’d seen at a bookstore earlier that day, Joshua Hammer’s book, The Bad-Ass Librarian of Timbuktu.
While at the store, I also made notes about a second book about libraries. Three days later, they look like runes, though not nearly so attractive or so organized.
So. I’ll wait till I’ve looked at the book again.
Poet Alice Massa asks, “What Is the Name for a Group of Poets?” She answers the question in a poem–and if you read all the way to the end, you get more than just the answer.
I like the term she chose very much, but I wondered if there are alternatives. So I went to the glossary of literary terms–several of them, in fact, since they’re all over the Internet–and came up with some possibilities:
- a verse of poets
- a rime of poets
- an iamb of poets
- a lyric of poets (although lyric is more suited to songwriters)
- a scansion of poets
- a prosody of poets
The search sparked a new question: What is the name for a group of mystery writers?
- a plot of mystery writers
- a conspiracy of mystery writers
- a complication of mystery writers
- a murder of mystery writers (perhaps to close to a murder of crows)
- a grit of mystery writers
- a cozy of mystery writers
And another question: What are the members of a critique group called?
This one is easy. Borrowing from an unkindness of ravens, I choose to call members of a critique group a kindness.
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