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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Guest Author Margaret Langstaff

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:
Today we welcome Margaret Langstaff to the blog, author of yesterday’s book “Twilight’s Indian Princess”. Here is a link to the book post. (Link to be added) Let’s find out more about Margaret and her…

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was shocked and pleased to be nominated for this.  I’d been nominated for a few other awards in the past but failed miserably to act in a timely fashion on their requirements that I “tag” fifteen or twenty others … Continue reading

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The Force That Through the Green Fuse ….

I am so easily side-tracked and waylaid from my plans for any given day, particularly by the mysterious and beautiful effulgence of the natural world–and (no surprise to my fellow bloggers here) by poetry. This morning a dew speckled massive … Continue reading

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Behinder and Behinder: Sun, Moon, Stars, Rain

Rather than feel ridiculous and un-horsed, I’d prefer to “feel” (in public at least) as “tested” and perhaps “tried.”  Hence the henceforth herewith. (Something like that, anyway). I am so far behind with work, not only with blogging, as a … Continue reading

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My Computer Has Gone Wacko – I Will Be Offline for a Few Days …

… while it’s being fixed, something that is really annoying to me as I have a couple posts I’m itching to share.  Some news too! Please bear with me, I can’t reply to comments during this time, but I’ll be … Continue reading

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Oh, Eliot, You Wonderful, Infernal, Old Dog of My Heart

       (c) Copyright 2014, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ― T.S. Eliot I received a jolt, as I always do, when I opened … Continue reading

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Size Matters (Part 2): Giant Medieval Manuscripts!

Originally posted on medievalfragments:
By Jenny Weston In last week’s blogpost, Irene O’Daly explored the world of portable books — manuscripts that are small enough (and light enough) to be carried around by the user. In today’s post we shift…

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Size Matters: Portable Medieval Manuscripts

Originally posted on medievalfragments:
By Irene O’Daly Medieval books were often expensive to produce, and usually the property of institutions. But some manuscripts were copied specifically for individuals, and designed to be carried on the person. Portable manuscripts come in…

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Too Many Bad Books? The Status of Books Continues to Plummet

(c) Copyright 2014, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved  “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” –Erasmus Wow, have times changed all that much? Every author and publisher … Continue reading

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