Category Archives: Poetry

“Don’t Sound Like a Sonnet:” An Experiment in Form

Anyone who took an English class in high school or college has probably learned about iambic pentameter – you know, the fancy term for duh DUH duh DUH duh DUH duh DUH duh DUH – at least once. Even if the … Continue reading

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Thirty-Nine Reasons Why I Hate BuzzFeed

I hate BuzzFeed with a passion. Most of the time, at least. Sure, making lists is amusing and usually helpful, and the whole identification thing is nice from time to time. But it’s all fun and games until your computer … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror; Or, The Post in Which This Blog Lives Up To Its Name

What does a mirror do? What benefit can we earn by looking at something from a different perspective? What did the German say to the Englishman when they walked into the bar together? Ok, ok, I can’t answer all three … Continue reading

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Shelf Reflections: The Year (and More!) in Review

On a chilly, rainy Friday morning back in October, I walked up to my bookshelf to find a book to read. I spent some time sorting through the spines until I began asking myself: How many of these books have … Continue reading

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Wandering Among “Towery Cities” and “Branchy Towers”

The title of this post takes its cue from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Duns Scotus’s Oxford,” a lovely little poem I read earlier today. The post will talk about the poem and what (I think) it means. But there’s more to … Continue reading

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The Object(s) of Poetry

The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe”, I’d have been lying! … Continue reading

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And the 2014 Word Cup American Finalists Are…

Are you excited? Hooo boy, I am! There’s nothing I love more than soccer books and soccer (and food, that’s always good too), and thanks to a slow snow day at work I finally found the time to get my ring of … Continue reading

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