“It Can Entrance You For a Moment…”

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The Internet is filling up with tears and tributes to the great poet Seamus Heaney, who died yesterday. Here's a short and sweet one, well worth reading, by novelist Colum McCann.Many thanks to Linford Detweiler for passing along these words... the wisdom of Seamus Heaney, from an interview in The Paris Review: … [Read more...]

Poem: “In Gratitude” – by Abigail Carroll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emOpCLkIYywI'm hoping to make excellent poetry a regular feature here at the new Looking Closer. I can't promise it will be a weekly event, but I'll accept submissions and show them to a jury of poets I know and trust. Those that get a "thumbs up" from them will be lined up for publication here.And I am thrilled to begin with a poem by Abigail Carroll. I heard her read this poem at a writer's retreat at the Gove Hill Retreat Center in Vermont a couple of … [Read more...]

Must-read poetry: Caduceus

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Today, I welcome a special guest contributor to Looking Closer: Anne M. Doe Overstreet, who is one of my favorite poets, a sharp-eyed editor, and a skilled gardener.And these are only a few of the reasons I married her.Anyway, she brings us a review today of a new book of poetry that has been dazzling her imagination of late. So, Anne... take it away! … [Read more...]

Christmas in Seattle, through the eyes of a poet

Anne writes poetry.But lately, she's been asked to write a few essays. Some of them appear between the poetry collections in her new book Delicate Machinery Suspended.And one of them is published today at Christianity Today: An eyewitness testimony about what it's like to celebrate Christmas in Seattle. … [Read more...]

A new Christmas-gift offer for the poets and poetry lovers in your life

Here's a message from Anne: … [Read more...]

“Surviving the Open Heart” and interviews with Anne

You never know what you'll find in the process of open heart surgery.My wife Anne found one of her best pieces of writing... … [Read more...]

Delicate Machinery Suspended: Anne M. Doe Overstreet’s First Book is Here!

Ladies and gentlemen... you may now order Anne M. Doe Overstreet's first book of poetry:Delicate Machinery SuspendedEnjoy!And don't forget to stock up on copies for birthday and Christmas gifts! … [Read more...]

Asheville Poetry Review Delivers an Early Christmas Gift

I am blessed in so many ways that Anne Maureen Doe said "Yes" when I proposed about 15 years ago.And I am overjoyed whenever the world confirms what I've known all along: That she is an excellent poet.So I can't help myself: … [Read more...]

And to all a good night.

A Christmas Carol by G.K. ChestertonThe Christ-child lay on Mary's lap, His hair was like a light. (O weary, weary were the world, But here is all aright.)The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast His hair was like a star. (O stern and cunning are the kings, But here the true hearts are.)The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart, His hair was like a fire. (O weary, weary is the world, But here the world's desire.)The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee, His hair was like a … [Read more...]

Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]


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