Day L: Literary Terms They Don’t Teach in English Class #AtoZChallenge

Have you ever made notes on a subject and later discovered you have no idea what they mean? It happens. It happened. 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 … Continue reading Day L: Literary Terms They Don’t Teach in English Class #AtoZChallenge

Political Poetic Parody: Sonnet #2

My second missed-the-deadline poem written for Nicholas Kristoff's Trump poetry contest. Sonnet #1 appeared last week. For those who have forgotten, the reference to Stephen Dowling Bots is explained below the sonnet.   How do I love Trump? Let me count the ways. How do I love Trump? Let me count the ways. Uh… Well… … Continue reading Political Poetic Parody: Sonnet #2

Emily Dickinson: “A Light Exists in Spring” and Some Words About the Poet

A light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On solitary hills That science cannot overtake, But human nature feels. It waits upon the lawn; It shows the furthest tree Upon the furthest slope we know; It almost speaks to me. … Continue reading Emily Dickinson: “A Light Exists in Spring” and Some Words About the Poet

True Poet

Despite all the time I've wasted scrolling through Facebook, I've received more from the site than I've lost. It's allowed me to reconnect with students I taught thirty years ago. Last night I was chatting with a member of the class of 1982. She gave me permission to link to her website. She didn't give … Continue reading True Poet

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

By popular request, here's a link to Leonard Cohen singing "Hallelujah." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q Is this all right, Kaye? *** Image by Rama (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/fr/deed.en)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons *** Related Articles Leonard Cohen's hallelujah moment (telegraph.co.uk) Inside the Weird Journey of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' (newser.com) Exclusive Book Excerpt: Leonard Cohen Writes 'Hallelujah' in 'The Holy … Continue reading Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

An Evening of Patience

I spent the evening at a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience or, Bunthorne's Bride and feel compelled to share. Patience is the story of two poets--Reginald Bunthorne, an idyllic poet; and Archibald Grosvenor, a fleshly poet--both of whom love Patience, the milkmaid. Patience, a happy girl who at first says she has never loved anyone except her … Continue reading An Evening of Patience

Day 26: Emily, tippling

I taste a liquor never brewed, From tankards scooped in pearl; Not all the vats upon the Rhine Yield such an alcohol! Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue. When landlords turn the drunken bee Out of the foxglove's door, When butterflies renounce … Continue reading Day 26: Emily, tippling