Category Archives: Poetry

Architecture and Writing and Compromises

Tom Wolfe once said that we all have to live with an architect’s mistakes. How true. My bad writing won’t assault your senses (and that of the public) every time you drive to work. That’s unlike the concrete tilt ups … Continue reading

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DHL, Serial Disorder and T.S. Eliot

DHL I am using DHL to ship for the first time and getting odd results. They charge a premium price but the service isn’t premium. To hurry up a mineral identification I had my local shipping store send a tiny … Continue reading

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Rhyming, Rilke, and Doggerel

Does rhyme move a poem along on its own accord? Is there a power that rhyme has that unrhymed poetry does not possess? It seems rhymed poetry can deliver a message in a way that communicates, if not in the … Continue reading

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Lost and Found in T.S. Eliot

My book is about rockhounding and prospecting in the Southwestern United States. At its heart is exploring. In peppering my book with quotations, I’ll have some thoughts from people who have wandered the world. But all that exploring may come … Continue reading

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Just Because I Like Bob Dylan

Good writing is captivating and compelling. It rolls off the tongue and imagination as easily as a marble rolling off a glass tabletop. Lewis Carroll had the gift. Dylan, too, in a ¬†different way. May all your writing roll. Tombstone … Continue reading

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A. E. Housman’s Minimalist Poetry

A.E. Housman was a minimalist poet, whose spartan lines are matched by only the best Haiku writers. He bitterly and wryly welcomed death, romanticizing its inevitability. He was extremely popular during the First World War and his poems reflected the … Continue reading

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Eliot Never Too Common to Quote

Now that I live in the desert, The Hollow Men resonates with me more and more. Eliot was of course writing about a dryness of spirit. Still, connections hold.¬†This vital poem by Thomas Stearns Eliot is widely quoted and analyzed. … Continue reading

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