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He could not stop writing poems

But no matter how many babies he delivered, no matter how many sick people he cured, Willie could not stop writing poems. A River of Words is a short, illustrated book about the life of Dr. William Carlos Williams. His life, as both doctor and poet is inspirational. I keep this book close by. You […]

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Poet Donald Hall in one question

INTERVIEWER I would like to begin by asking how you started. How did you become a writer? What was the first thing that you ever wrote and when? DONALD HALL Everything important always begins from something trivial. When I was about twelve I loved horror movies. I used to go down to New Haven from […]

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Walt Whitman: Great are the Myths pt.10

The truth in man is no dictum….it is vital as eyesight, If there be any soul there is truth….if there be man or woman there is truth….If there be physical or moral there is truth, If there be equilibrium or volition there is truth…..if there be things at all upon the earth there is truth. […]

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Walt Whitman: Great are the Myths pt.9

Great is the greatest nation..the nation of clusters of equal nations. Great is the earth, and the way it became what it is, Do you imagine it is stopped at this?….and the increase abandoned? Understand then that it goes as far onward from this as this is from the times when it lay in covering […]

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How to Read a Book. Turns out, I had no idea.

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. By Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. It’s a book I hesitated to buy. A book on how to read a book? Come on. I got this. But people far smarter than I recommended it. Kevin Kelly mentions it on his selections for […]

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How to Read a Poem

Thoughts from an amateur. I’ve written before on how to to write a poem. Followed by how to truly write a poem – study Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook and then practice. But reading a poem is a whole different pack of monkeys. I developed this weird method to help me absorb the poems I […]

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Walt Whitman’s Great Are The Myths pt.1

I’m trying to get into Walt Whitman’s work. But I underestimated the length of his poems. So, I’m starting with his shorter poems. And typing them out into smaller, manageable pieces. Seeing what I can find. Great are the myths….I too delight in them, Great are Adam and Eve….I too look back and accept them; […]

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Current Reading Stack #1

Long ago I decided to participate in the Ray Bradbury writers diet. This diet consisted of reading one short story, one poem and one essay each day. This he claimed in a lecture at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Writer’s Symposium By the Sea, would ward off writer’s block. It’s Ray Bradbury. It’s gotta work. Right? […]

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