Category Archives: Poetry

That Drippy Clock of Dali — The Persistence of Dior

Persistence of Memory by Dali, we all know it. And no matter how it is explained, it is still an icky looking painting. Here’s my reimagining something prettier but it just didn’t come about and I am done messing with … Continue reading

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Caliban in the Coal Mines (slight repost)

Mining powers Nevada as it does so much of the West and the World. An activity as nearly old as Man himself. I’m reposting this because Untermeyer needs more recognition for his poetry as does Julie Bennett Hume for her … Continue reading

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Remembering Michael Duffet. (Again.)

Some bot at is asking people to go back to guest books they have signed in the past. Perhaps add a little more. So I did. Michael was a challenging man; he did let you escape back into the … Continue reading

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And This is How You Get a Nobel Prize

Idiot Wind by Bob Dylan Selected lyrics: Someone’s got it in for me They’re planting stories in the press Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out quick But when they will I can only guess They say I … Continue reading

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Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain

1985. We’re in an echo chamber with a Scottish band called The Jesus and Mary Chain. Life is good. Or, we’re watching the melancholy ending to Lost in Translation, with two not so different people returning to their very different … Continue reading

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“Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

If life wasn’t built on lies there might not be much of a world at all. “Life must go on; I forget just why.” Millay. More of her here (internal link) By Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) Time … Continue reading

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Excerpts from The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens

Previously, I looked at some amazing Wallace Stevens quotes in this post (internal link). Here, Stevens is more fully presented in these excerpts selected by the University of Penn. (external link). They said, “You have a blue guitar, You do … Continue reading

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Musings by William Barnes

I’m watching Star Trek: Picard on the Paramount+ Channel or whatever the marketing boys call it. The theme for this season revolves around how we as a race are always imprisoned in the past. F. Scott Fitzgerald most famously caught … Continue reading

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Sonnet / To the South Downs by Charlotte Smith

Another strong poet from when women were kept weak, Charlotte Smith had a childhood as turbulent as the landscape she describes here is pacific. She said she became a legal prostitute at 15 because she was wed off to a … Continue reading

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From An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope

Updated on August 28, 2022 I’ve looked briefly at Pope before (internal link). Here, Pope addresses the critics of his days, people who did not pen anything of quality themselves but felt free to judge their betters. We might call … Continue reading

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