Monthly Archives: August 2014

Byron’s House Party – from A COUNTRY HOUSE COMPANION

“The most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, George Gordon, Lord Byron, was likewise the most fashionable poet of the day.“–THE POETRY FOUNDATION ____________________ I lost a whole day rediscovering with delight a wonderful, funny and revealing book on … Continue reading

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Slaying Monsters: How Our Notions of Heroes Have Changed – Beowulf

Above: Grendel “He seized one sleeping man, ‘biting the bone-joints, drinking blood from veins, great gobbets gorging down. Quickly he took all of that lifeless thing to be his food, even feet and hands.’” This from the first epic in … Continue reading

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Grey Eyed Athena and the Wine Dark Sea

Tonight I’m homing in on Homer (Robert Fitzgerald’s incomparable translation of the Odyssey). Poetry’s omphalos and progenitor.  Where have all the heroes gone? Sing to me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways contending, the … Continue reading

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Poetry Dare – Can You Poetaster Wags Rise to the Occasion?

I found this in a box of antique ephemera today.  It’s for the old timey 18th-19th century binocular viewer, stereopticon thingy or something. One inserted it and voila! a 3-D tableau of a camel caravan headed for Egypt right before … Continue reading

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Skimming over the Surface of Our Lives and Missing the Point

A disturbing and all too true assessment of our writing, lives and our times. Read it. Your life depends on it. A Memoir Is Not a Status Update  by Dani Shapiro On the absence of depth, insight and hard won … Continue reading

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The Writing Life and Dealing with the Inevitable Failures (from the New York Times)

[An excerpt from an honest and compassionate look at the terrors and disappointments unique to the writing life.  Recommended!]    “In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do … Continue reading

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A Whimsical Incoherent Review of Images from Nearly 3 Years of This Licentious Literarly Lalapalooza

Well, I’ve been “playing in my sandbox.” Don’t make too much of this, wordsmiths, for it’s incomplete and mood dependent (as in mine;)).  I was curious to review some images that had appeared here over the years and at the … Continue reading

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