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Probing the Lines: Breaking Through into the Poem

The title of this posting is taken from the military — perhaps appropriately so on this Memorial Day weekend. When two armies face one another, especially if they are both entrenched, reconnoiterers and skirmishers may advance to try to determine … Continue reading

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Of the ‘Made-Up’ and the ‘Real’ and ‘True’ in a Poem: The Obligation and Responsibility of the Poet

Poets sometimes make up the elements of a poem, including characters. Other times, they use real people they know or have read about or heard of. Even then, however, the ‘real’ character is changed by what Coleridge called “the shaping spirit … Continue reading

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The ‘World’ of the Poem

Whenever I begin to write a poem I seem to start ‘outside’ with ideas, jotted words and phrases, possible titles, epitaphs, etc. At some point, the mediative brooding before the blank page or screen ‘carries’ me into what I would … Continue reading

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The Fiddler Is Back from the Mountain: Fall 2014 Readings and Programs

I’ve been away from posting for a while. Fall 2014 was busy with five readings or presentations — two out of town and one out of state. September 19-21: I read some of my north Louisiana poems at the annual … Continue reading

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Getting “Inside” the Poem One Is Writing

       The process of poetic creation can vary greatly, and there are many aspects to it. Often a poem begins with a rhythm, a word, a phrase, or a picture in the mind. Sometimes a poetic form suggests … Continue reading

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Yes, Sir; Yes, M’am; and Please & Thank You [and a note on back to blogging]

  I have been away from blogging for a good while due to a variety of circumstances. but, God willing, will be more consistent now. *      There is an old saying that “manners maketh man.” Ideally, one’s manners … Continue reading

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Incarnation — from The Nativity to The Last Supper — and the Poet’s Gift

       Both at Christmas (The Nativity) and on Good Friday (before Easter Sunday) we celebrate the Word made Flesh when God became Man in Bethlehem and when Christ instituted the sacrament of The Last Supper in Jerusalem. Many … Continue reading

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