Category Archives: Poetry

QOTD: Schopenhauer, You Old Smoothy

From today’s Writer’s Almanac: He also believed that women were childish, and meant to obey. Schopenhauer never married. Ha ha. Sorry, Schopenhauer, I can’t understand why you struck out. In other news, happy birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay! You guys, … Continue reading

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News Poetry and a Splash of Chesterton

I missed this story the other day, but once a month All Things Considered on NPR will bring in a new poet to, well, poeticize some news. This month’s Newspoet was Tracy K. Smith, who zeroed in on a particular story: … Continue reading

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Happy Burns Night!

‘Never mind about the poet Burns.’ ‘No, sir.’ ‘Forget the poet Burns.’ ‘Very good, sir.’ ‘Expunge the poet Burns from your mind.’ ‘I will do so immediately, sir.’ Tonight, to celebrate Robert Burns, we neither had haggis or Scotch whiskey. I … Continue reading

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Happy Feast of the Epiphany! — Poems

Although in the Church in America we don’t officially celebrate it til this Sunday, the calendar says it’s the Epiphany. The only real tradition I have on this feast is to read T. S. Eliot’s poem, Journey of the Magi. … Continue reading

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A New Goal, Sort Of: A Poem A Day

Alan Heathcock published a great little column on NPR last week: “A Poem A Day: Portable, Peaceful and Perfect”. I hadn’t slept well, had to get my three kids to three different schools in three different cities, had deadlines piled … Continue reading

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The Dance of Starlings

Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver Chunky and noisy, but with stars in their black feathers, they spring from the telephone wire and instantly they are acrobats in the freezing wind. And now, in the theater of air, they swing … Continue reading

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How Shakespeare Changed Everything, by Stephen Marche

How Shakespeare Changed Everything, Stephen Marche. Harper, 2011. 224 pages. I’d heard some positive noise about Marche’s book, and at first glance that noise seemed well-founded. Marche clearly loves Shakespeare and wants to share his excitement with the rest of … Continue reading

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“Dat ding is aan het lopen!”

I think I’ve asked you this, but do you guys read the New Yorker? You should really read the New Yorker. Fantastic writing, smart commentary, interesting range of subjects. Learn about why you should eat bugs. Anyway, last week’s edition … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock in Verse

Peter Swanson is a poet with an ambitious project: A sonnet for each of Alfred Hitchcock’s feature films. I love Hitchcock, I love poetry. This is great, you guys. Now I don’t know what he’s written so far, but I … Continue reading

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