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

Poetry / The English Teacher / The Social Network

Cheers to Inebriation! Or, ‘Happy Birthday, Charles Baudelaire’

April 9. Birthdate of one Charles Baudelaire, who, if you didn’t know, is considered “one of the most compelling poets of the nineteenth century” (Kathryn Oliver Mills). I, stuck on American & British literature most of the time, didn’t know. I carry around the slightest smidge of knowledge about the French greats. A smidge, mind you. Usually, … Continue reading