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Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments by William Shakespeare

Took another look at Shakespeare’s sonnets. (internal link) Number 55 is very good, outlining the hope of all poets to live beyond the grave. Maxwell Nurnberg (A Gathering of Poems, Washington Square Press, 1969) says that the first two lines … Continue reading

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If you Don’t Know Who Ann Margret Was, Now You Do

She was a force of nature when dancing as this screen test hints at. She supported the troops during the Vietnam War while on many Bob Hope / USO tours. She considered Elvis Presley her soulmate and never wrote a … Continue reading

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Gerad Manley Hopkins and the Beauty and Power of Descriptive Writing

Hopkins (internal link) was lucky to have falcons around. In my home town of Pahrump, Nevada, we do have something winged that looks like a little falcon. It may be a Cooper’s Hawk, however, and not a Peregrine Falcon. Whatever … Continue reading

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Original Photographs and the Impossibility of Everything Connected to Them

After your article proposal has been accepted your next challenge will be providing photographs to accompany the text. I hope you can take them yourself. The world of Nat Geo doesn’t exist anymore for freelancers. You will not have a … Continue reading

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Spring Wind In London by Katherine Mansfield

New Zealand born Katherine Mansfield was as much a free spirit as the wind she describes in this poem. She mentions the wattle, a tree now grown in temperate climes around the world. The West or northern hemisphere knows it … Continue reading

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The Wright Room at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe, Arizona

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tom Farley (@tgfarley) Difficult to arrange a tour since the room must be sanitized by a cleaning crew after every visit.

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That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection

That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection by Gerad Manly Hopkins (1844–1889) https://hopkinspoetry.com (external link) Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt forth, then chevy on an air- Built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs | … Continue reading

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My Bad. And my Bad Guy Moment.

I thought the neighborhood in Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” video was in Palm Springs. Had to be. Turns out the location was Balboa Heights which is a part of the greater San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The most featured … Continue reading

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To the Ladies By Lady Mary Chudleigh

17th Century poet Mary Chudleigh fought the feminist battle three hundred years before most people thought that fight started. Read by the incomparable Ghizela Rowe. To The Ladies by Lady Mary Chudleigh (1656–1710) Wife and servant are the same, But … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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