As I mentioned in my last post, I've been subscribing to a ton of email newsletters from poetry publications and websites. One of them has been Poets.org, home of the American Academy of Poets. Honestly, I was a little surprised I hadn't already subscribed to that one, I'm on their site all the time. Now, … Continue reading Mosquitoes—Not So Bad?
Audio is hard! Wanna help? Check out that coffee cup in the top corner of this blog page to contribute to my Real Live Podcasting Microphone Fund! Help Honey in My Hair grow! Morning Song Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its … Continue reading Ep 5: “Morning Song,” Sylvia Plath
Lissadell Last year we went to Lissadell. The sun shone over Sligo Bay And life was good and all was well. The bear, the books, the dinner bell, An air of dignified decay. Last year we went to Lissadell. This year the owners had to sell— It calls to mind a Chekhov play. Once life … Continue reading Ep 2: “Lissadell,” Wendy Cope
So I'm currently reading The Cinnamon Peeler (1997), a selection of poems by Michael Ondaatje, and while I've only really been able to read and process a couple of the works, I couldn't not post about him. This wild-haired, Canadian man born in Sri Lanka writes beautifully. The Cinnamon Peeler is a collection of poems written from … Continue reading Spotlight: Michael Ondaatje and The Cinnamon Peeler (1997)
Source From what I've gathered, 8th grade was a rough year for seemingly everybody. I don't ever seem to hear someone saying, "man, 8th grade? Middle school? The best, hands down." That never happens. However, just like everything in life, 8th grade wasn't all bad. There were two major things in the 8th grade that made … Continue reading Spotlight: Nikki Giovanni’s “All Eyez On U”
What's this? Another ode? You may be wondering what my fascination with this form is. I acknowledge that by having two of the same form of poetry in a row could give this blog a one-note feel to it, but I can explain! You see, we analyzed John Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale" in class, … Continue reading Structural Commentary – Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley
This quarter, I decided to try out an Intro to Creative Writing Class and honestly, it was an incredible decision. I've always loved creative writing and I used to draft stories all the time. In high school, I wrote a rough draft of a manuscript for a dystopian novel that was over 300 pages long. … Continue reading Some Thoughts About Poetry