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Poetry — It Really Is for Everyone

April 30. The last day of ‘National Poetry Month.’ Are faithful readers sighing their sighs in relief? Are sometimes readers sighing their sighs in disappointment? As a mostly faithful poetry reader, and an only sometimes faithful blogger, I’m sad to see the month end. I’ve read more poetry this month than I’ve read in quite some … Continue reading

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Those Were the Days

Do you ever find yourself wondering if your grandparents sat about, lamenting the days gone by? Like Fred, Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew, who waxed poetic about the Christmas-time assuring his miserly uncle that it was a “good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time” (Dickens A Christmas Carol Stave 1), did they long for the seasons that they … Continue reading

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Imitation or Parody? You Decide

On the one hand, William Shakespeare. On the other, Howard Moss. Both of them poets. There, the comparison should likely stop, since after all, one was a Renaissance man. (Dramatist too. 16th century. Brit.) The other, a New Yorker who edited the poetry section of The New Yorker.  (20th century. American.) What links them? Sonnet XVIII, … Continue reading