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R..I.P. Lou Reed, I Still Miss You

So Bob Dylan has won the Nobel prize as a poet and some members of the literary intellectual set are crying foul.  To me poetry is where you find it. Its purpose is to stir the emotions and to aid... Continue Reading →

The Republican Candidates, with Apology to T.S. Eliot: This is the Way the World Ends

With the endorsement of Donald Trump on Friday by Governor Chris Christie and then the followup endorsement by Governor Paul LePage of Maine, the Republican Party has shown that it is but an empty shell full of bombast, signifying nothing... Continue Reading →

Poetry Wednesday: Langston Hughes

"James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes... Continue Reading →

Poetry Wednesday: Edgar Lee Masters

When my 9th grade English teacher tried to introduce the class to the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters,  most notably his masterpiece the Spoon River Anthology, I was frankly bored and avoided reading this old guys depressing poetry. Two years later I read Irving... Continue Reading →

Poetry Wednesday Haiku: Buson

There are four leading artists who are the masters of classical Haiku. I've already done posts on two, Basho and Shikki. Today I'm doing a third Yosa Buson. Buson was both a poet and a painter, whose idol was Basho.... Continue Reading →

Music for a November Saturday

I passed the the milestone of my 71st birthday last week and found myself in a hospital as the day faded away. It came as a surprise since as someone who has done so well with a transplanted heart, that... Continue Reading →

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