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The Dreaded “Two Poems In One” Critique

Have you attended a writers’ workshop? Waited for your turn to read or critique in a poetry class? Chances are, you’ve heard or received the infamous line: … 770 more words

68. (Robert Lowell)

Here is another attempt at the Lowell muddle, since the last was either abstruse or wrong. Lowell’s poetry can profitably be read against his modernist masters, especially Ezra Pound and T.S. 1,387 more words


Memories of West Street and Lepke, by Robert Lowell

Only teaching on Tuesdays, book-worming
in pajamas fresh from the washer each morning,
I hog a whole house on Boston’s
“hardly passionate Marlborough Street,”
where even the man… 308 more words


Embracing the Melodrama Part II #24: The Diary of a High School Bride (dir by Burt Topper)

I always enjoy it when a film opens with a message statement that announces that it was made to shine the light on one of “today’s most controversial subjects.”  Even better is when that message statement states that the film could be my story or that it could serve as a warning to people like me about what might happen. 716 more words


67. (Robert Lowell)

The disservice of the term “Confessional Poetry,” coined by M.L. Rosenthal in 1957 to describe not only Robert Lowell’s poetry, but the poetry of his rising contemporaries, was soon observed; but the damage of the term was not done to Lowell’s poetry, but to the poets who read Lowell’s poetry through a misapprehension of what the term distorted. 1,168 more words

Brief Essays

Nostalgia, Spots of Time and Ourselves

My Dad is getting more forgetful. True, he has just made his 95th birthday but like that stain that slowly spreads into “a gigantic ace of hearts” at the murderous climax of Hardy’s… 1,035 more words

poets I'm reading: The Old Flame by Robert Lowell

Last night I was dipping into some of Robert Lowell‘s shorter pieces. I really enjoyed this one, written circa 1959. “…..there snowbound together, simmering like wasps in our tent of books!”….. 256 more words