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Poetry / The English Teacher

Luck o’ the Irish

Some scholars (and just regular folks too, mind you) often consider Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be the greatest ‘great American novel.’ Shoot, even Hemingway apparently thought so. Who’s going to quibble with Hemingway!?!?  This post only notes the novel for its opening line, which reads, “You don’t know about me without you have read … Continue reading

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‘I Don’t Like Spiders & Snakes’

But, seriously! What GOOD are these creatures??? (I’m sure plenty of good, else, why are they here!?!?!?) Still, the slithering stealth of the crafty serpent, and the hairy, creepy legs of spiders and their webs of death!! Well. I don’t like them. (insert na-na-na-boo boo here) I didn’t like Walt Whitman (you know, famed American poet … Continue reading

Poetry / The English Teacher

Turns of Phrase & Altered Perceptions

Death amongst the living. Life, grown still. Landscapes. Art imitates life. Life masquerades as artistic license. Parts of the whole, and whole parts redacted. Fathers, daughters. Wife & Mother. Collateral Damage. Wreckage. Carnage. Welcome to Sharon Olds‘ “Still Life in Landscape.” (Don’t say I didn’t warn you)   Still Life in Landscape Sharon Olds   It … Continue reading