Saved by a Poem

Do you know any poems or rhymes by heart? Have you ever memorized a poem purely because you loved it so much?

Lately I’ve been inclined to review only books that have come out within the last year or so. But I just finished one published a few years ago that I was so impressed by, I had to tell you about it. Continue reading

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June’s “Itch”

These seven words (honey, girls, sheet, numbers, sex, grapevine, fireballs) proved to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I posted those words yesterday very shortly after I drew them. That means I’ve only had Continue reading

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New Words for June

Here are the new words for this month’s Seven Word Itch. These words may seem contrived but I swear they were pulled “blind” out of my word tin; these seven words were chosen at random!

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Jane Austen Comfort Food

I’ve created a new category: The Writer’s Kitchen, featuring a) foods connected to, or known to be a favorite of a particular author or poet, b) foods associated with the writer’s era and culture, or c) food mentioned in a writer’s work.

My perusals at my local library yielded Continue reading

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How to Craft an Effective Sonnet

Sonnets might evoke images of romance, clever wordsmiths, and lonely garrets. Writing one may seem like a daunting task. But in fact the very boundaries of the sonnet make it easier to write than free verse, because the rules are so exact. And it’s really not that difficult to write an effective sonnet if you follow a few guidelines. Continue reading

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Felicity: Poems by Mary Oliver

Ohio-born Mary Oliver first won me over with her Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry, American Primitive. Since then her poems have repeatedly taken my breath away by saying just the right phrase, saying just what I apparently needed to hear.

And then she came back just last year with Continue reading

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A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century

I make an effort when reviewing books to not be too negative. However there are times when I am so opposed to an author’s point of view that I am compelled to speak out about it. Such is the case with Jerome Charyn’s A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century.* Charyn has obviously done his research and knows his subject matter. But the more I read, the more I found myself taking issue with his approach. Continue reading

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