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I just read a $1 Dover Thrift Edition of some of Shelley’s poetry (a lot of good writing for not very much!) and concluded that sometimes I’m in the mood for Shelley and sometimes I’m not. His language often, not always, feels diffuse by today’s standards—more redundancy or empty or lazy words like “sweet.”  I […]

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Oxford Book of English Verse Finished!

I am proud and delighted to report that I just finished reading the Oxford Book of English Verse cover to cover.  I have discovered or been reminded of a number of poets I want to learn and read more of (Edward Taylor, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Edward Thomas, none of whom I’d known before this, for […]

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Lovers, Skeltonics and Songs, O My

As I mentioned last week, this is my current goal: to read the Oxford Book of English Verse from beginning to end in a month. To this I add that I want to blog moderately intelligently about it on Sundays. I am now 284 pages in. I have traversed Chaucer, achieved Shakespeare, gotten lost by […]

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I kind of, deep down inside, want a lit PhD. I mostly don’t, and, as a result, I don’t, you know, have one. But the undead body of a desire for a lit PhD keeps clawing itself out of its grave, and this time my main reason for wanting one is: I want to write […]

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On Understanding Poetry, or Failing To

I mentioned that I took a free, local poetry class last year, and one of the really excellent things about it was that the teacher asked lots of insightful and provocative questions, and I found myself thinking much more about my assumptions about what poetry does and how to read it than I do on […]

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2017: Year of the Poetry Experiment

This year I’ve been writing a lot of poetry. It is fun, interesting, rewarding, and also potentially crucial to Evernost—if the thing really does want to incorporate poetry. As a result of this, I am in the process of submitting a (regular-length) chapbook manuscript to several contests—out of the desire to motivate myself to produce […]

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Poems and Index Cards and Williams Biography

This is a brief and heterogeneous update post. First, I am trying to put together a chapbook of poetry to submit to real publishers. Um. this is a challenge. And probably premature. But I’m trying it anyway. I may send out some individual poems to publishers as well. I am also trying to figure out […]

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Poetry News During Continuing Hiatus

I hope, at least, to get back on track with this blog in the New Year, if not sooner. In the meantime, I’ve been writing away at Of Evernost, though rather more slowly than before, and I’ve also been giving myself a crash course in poetry. This involves: Taking an actual, free poetry class. Trying to […]

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Apologies and Excitements

Apologies first for my long absence. I’ve been writing like mad and am more than halfway through my (dire) first draft of Evernost the simple novel. In the rush of this, I haven’t found time to blog, unfortunately– especially since I have other projects underway in the interstices. Excitements because I have turned my illustrated […]

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Skywatch

It’s like living in a clam, the sky is mother-of-pearl, bubbled rainbow relief, dizzy blue depthless depth of metaphor. The sky is light. My father once said that, since I was a writer and all, that he wanted to hear how I would describe a strange and glorious sky. Typically, I could think of nothing […]