Category Archives: Writing by others

To A Poet a Thousand Years Hence by James Elroy Flecker

Another poet grasping for immortality and advising other poets on same. Just like Shakespeare did centuries before with “Not Marble Nor the Gilded Monuments” (internal link) Well, this poem has lasted a hundred years. My writing won’t. Flecker wins! Maeonides, … Continue reading

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E.C.T. Update, Perspective, and an Unknown Poet

4:34 AM E.C.T. Update In June I went to Tempe, Arizona to get electroconvulsive therapy for my nightmares which have been regularly going on since 1988. There were to be three treatments a week for four weeks. I stopped after … Continue reading

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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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Not Only

Not Only “Not only” is a phrase which brings negativity to a piece and prevents you from directly and quickly stating your position. Original: Not only is ice cream tastier than sherbet but it appeals to more people. Revised Ice … Continue reading

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The Master Singers of Japan by Clara Walsh

What is Japanese poetry translated into English? A true translation? Or an imitation? With Japanese poetry we need to convert words and structure. Or do we? If so, to what degree? Kenneth’s Rexroth’s translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry appeals … Continue reading

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Shun “tion”

Slow and Soft Notice how slow and soft these “tion” words are compared to their more active counterparts: division, dividing multiplication, multiplying addition, adding revision, revising motivation, motivating contention, contending summation, summary Shunning “tion” in Practice “tion” deadens writing I … Continue reading

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Revising, Style, and Time – Revised

Revising, Style and Time Excellent writing takes time which you may not have. Tighter writing is better writing by making reading and understanding easier. That writing, though, takes time and alters the style of a piece. In revising other people’s … Continue reading

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The Passing Strange by John Masefield

This is a long one by Masefield, whom we last (internal ink) looked at in the very descriptive Night is on the Downland. The Passing Strange at first appears to be more “we are only dust in the wind” type stuff. … 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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No Qualifiers

Assertive and confident writing attracts the reader and brings certainty to your writing. This makes people read further. Qualified or hesitant writing produces uncertainty which writers must always fight against. “I think Bob is a good person.” No, no, no, … Continue reading

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