Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Toil and trouble….and craziness


Toil and trouble….and craziness

My book review of The Witches: Salem, 1692….a community gone crazy….

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

You can hear immensity tapping....


My review of Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Tree”

Listen….you can hear immensity tapping….

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Book review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Book review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

My review of this Larson thriller, the consistent tension that makes it a page-turner….

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Rick Subber's poetry


Chant de mer

A poem about listening to the sound that needs no ear….

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Another poetry heard from….(part 9)



Naomi Shihab Nye offers some deft strokes in her poetry, and I’d like to tell you about one of them….

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Après-midi des enfants


Après-midi des enfants

My poem about the kids, in the afternoon, in the water….

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Understanding the “o” word


“Old” is a highly charged word. A poem about the process of aging and being aged, without using the “o” word:

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Poetry alive!


A poet can bring the darnedest things to life. Want the big word? anthropomorphic

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“…the hollow men…” and so on….


“…the hollow men…” and so on….

I respectfully think that T. S. Eliot’s poetry is a bloomin’ wasteland….

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book review: The Reader (Der Vorleser)


In war, condemnation and compassion can be so intermingled that understanding, and peace, is not possible.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Book review: The Bartender’s Tale


It ain’t This House of Sky, but it’s a keeper for Ivan Doig fans. You’ll know these people.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book review: Shantung Compound


This is the most provocative book I’ve read in my adult life. It’s about prisoners of war who could have lived an Enlightenment fantasy….

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Poetry alive!



A poet can bring the darnedest things to life. Want the big word? anthropomorphic

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Your daddy’s daddy’s daddy was an immigrant.


Almost half of Americans alive today have an ancestor who went through Ellis Island to get into our great country.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Another poet heard from (part 7)



My review of Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s “Inner Eden,” a vital hope for the kinder world we long for….

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The poet sees stones and bones….


My poetry is about particulars, the right words, and the rhyming and the chiming of the bells….

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