Poetry / The English Teacher / The Social Network

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

Humor / The English Teacher / The Social Network

On Surveys and Other Information Spew

What’s your native tongue? Do you, every once in a great while, succumb to the time suck otherwise known as the webbernets? Find yourself taking inventories and ‘quizzes’ designed to give you information about yourself hitherto unbeknownst to you? Comparative surveys that place you on a space-time continuum relative to those nameless, faceless others who … Continue reading

Faith & Truth / On Writing / The Social Network

Banished Words: A Cause I Can Rally ‘Round

I think I’d actually like to be on the committee that pronounces: ‘the following words will hereby be stricken from usage.’ OH! If only it could be that easy. No more inanities spouted. No more acronyms. A cliché-free environment! Ah….  Yet, consider the consequences of banned words. If such a committee were given the power … Continue reading