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Emily Dickenson — One Of Our Greatest Poets

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson is often referred to as one of the most influential American Poets. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830 and died in 1886 from what was called Bright’s disease (an ailment of the kidneys now called nephritis). … Continue reading

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Louise Glück – Featured Poet in “Poets and Writers”

Louise Glück is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet that is featured in the October issue of “Poets & Writers.” If you don’t read the magazine, you might want to consider starting — it is full of all that might interest any … Continue reading

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Why Wine Is Like Poetry, And Vice Versa

Every dictionary seems to have a different understanding of what constitutes poetry and how it should be defined. One calls it the “Rhythmical composition for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts” — not very poetic. Another says “Language … Continue reading

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Audio Resources For Writers

The best advice I’ve received about writing is simple and to the point: writers write. Writing makes you a writer. Drinking at the bar, or talking about what you are going to write with friends, or hanging around the house … Continue reading

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“St. Helena Police Log” Poem

In case you didn’t read it in the recent St. Helena Star… “Like many locals I love reading the St. Helena Police Log — a true snapshot of this wonderful and quirky place we live in or call home. The … Continue reading

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On The Feast of Saint Valentine

There is very little to add to a true Valentine’s feast day… maybe, you might show people you love,  love. Tell them that they matter, matters. Ask them for forgiveness, forgive. Here is what I have to give, and give. … Continue reading

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Apple Takes Whitman To The Masses

Walt Whitman was in the news again… Recently Apple ran an ad for its 30-year anniversary. Oddly, they opted out of debuting it during this year’s Super Bowl. This is odd because they shook up the world when they released their … Continue reading

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Raymond Carver – My Favorite Writer

People often ask me, “Who is your favorite writer?” And although I love many authors, their question is not hard for me to answer. Of course I like many different writers, such as the ones from my childhood: Tolkien, Hesse, … Continue reading

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Billy Collins – Poet Extraordinaire

Most people know about Billy Collins. If you don’t, he is a poet. He’s been the U.S. Poet Laureate twice and has written over 14 collections of poems. Collins’ work has been described as ‘accessible,’ meaning that many people find his … Continue reading

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Mary Szybist – Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry

Mary is a poet that teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has been called both melodic and weighty. I was first introduced to Mrs. Szybist’s writing through the Poetry Foundation’s website. Ms Szybist most recent collection of … Continue reading

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