Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Poem a Day: Divinely Dappled Things

“The effect of studying masterpieces is to make me admire and do otherwise. So it must be on every original artist to some degree, on me to a marked degree.” (Hopkins, from notes on ‘Heraclitean Fire’) Gerard Manley Hopkins was … Continue reading

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Cultural Events Happening in Boston NOW

Boston people: next weekend, don’t make plans to just go out to dinner or a bar with your friends (for those in your mid to early twenties), or plans to just vegetate in front of the TV or prepare meals … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Encounters with Persian Poetry

The first Persian poet I ever read was Farid ud-Din Attar. Today’s selection is an extract from his wonderful work, The Conference of the Birds, an epic tale about the search for the mythical Simorgh, the one holy bird who … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Royalty and Dessert

I…am actually not well-versed in the remarkable poetry of Wallace Stevens. And…I think to try and talk about it would prove a bit of a fail. And…it’s late. So: I will link to this nice article I found on Slate.com … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Precocious Talent, Precocious Death

I once heard someone joke about Sylvia Plath’s popularity: “Well, if you put your head in an oven, people ARE going to notice you and your work.” It’s a thought-provoking and mean idea that came up in my drama class. … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Poe, the Actual Starter

Yesterday, I felt compelled to begin a month of poetry with Ginsberg’s “Kaddish.” It evoked the hymn of praise to God, the mourners’ kaddish sung at Jewish funeral services; the opening of Ginsberg’s poem unflinchingly explores how alternately surreal and … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: National Poetry Month, a Bard’s Birthday, Literature in the Face of Tragedy

I’m not sure what I want to say, or whether there’s a need to say anything at all. I had been meaning to posts poems in honor of National Poetry Month, and have almost been delayed a month. I was … Continue reading

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