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Founding Mothers

Weary of the litany of yet another clownish politician invoking the Founding Fathers of the country without acknowledging Founding Mothers, I wrote down the following list of exceptional women who should be given no less credit for the formation of the soul and character of the nation. 586 more words

Oscar Giner

Verbal cubism and tender buttons - Meeting the Bar

Hi, here’s Björn, many autumn greetings to your all. I have just started a course in creative writing, and for the first week we had an assignment to write a poem with no meaning at all, actually avoiding all sense of meaning, still using all kind of poetic devices we have learned. 455 more words


A Canadian, On a Modern and Contemporary American Poetry Kick

I was encouraged by a colleague from the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR) to check out a course on Modern and Contemporary American Poetry… 222 more words


Cracks of the hours

Layered like the days I write,
slapping one on the other
when they are good and ready –
a fat Frenchman’s croissant.
Dew and sweat… 39 more words


Writers Laughing: Gertrude Stein

Stein was stern. Photo after photo, the same expression. Dour. Fierce. Almost combative.

But that’s not good enough for us, is it? We like laughing writers! 77 more words


100 years ago this month, October 1914…

In America…

Lawyer and art collector John Quinn, 44, has plenty to worry about.

He is looking out for—and financing—Irish painter John B. Yeats, 75, father of his friend, Irish poet… 430 more words

Americans In Paris

Gertrude Stein: lessons for research

2014 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Gertrude Stein’s masterpiece TENDER BUTTONS. and this week Modern and Contemporary American Poetry course (ModPo) participants have been studying the work of Stein as well as other modernist poets. 780 more words