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Looking for Inspiration? It's Right at the End of Your Nose

My poetry writing group meets tomorrow and I’ve invited them to bring small, meaningful objects for the workshop.  We’ll be using those objects to write something along the lines of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”  I’ve used this exercise more than once and it always generates some good work. 467 more words


How does Elizabeth Bishop use the idea of Land in 'The Map'?

How ‘Land’ is used in The Map

Land lies in water; it is shadowed green.
Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges
showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges… 206 more words

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop, "The Shampoo"

The Shampoo

The still explosions on the rocks,
the lichens, grow
by spreading, gray, concentric shocks.
They have arranged
to meet the rings around the moon, although… 69 more words


100 Stories, 100 days: Day 26-35

The last ten days have bridged two important celebrations: World Book Day and International Women’s Day. They have also coincided with the one year anniversary of this blog—and so, to bring all three together, for day 26 of my 100 day challenge I returned to the book that started this all: Mary McCarthy’s… 2,909 more words

Book Review

To My Unborn Grandson

Dearest boy,
I am counting down the days
and knitting. I am amazed
at the butterflies of anticipation,
imagining your eyes, mouth and nose,
your tiny fingers and toes, 254 more words


February 28

Today we are discussing Dickey’s “The Sheep Child.”

Regarding “The Sheep Child,” one of your classmates shared the following poem with me. Her reading of the poem, “Kitten” by Mary Oliver influenced her reading of “The Sheep Child.” I’d like to share the poem here: 242 more words

James Dickey

With Apologies to Elizabeth Bishop

So I like to write, as you’ve seen if you’ve been following the poetry so far (eventually it’ll be more than just postings of my poems, I’ll have new original content, I just gotta get those muscles in shape lol), both free verse and formal verse. 212 more words