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October 08, 2018
On Writing Odes: Taking Time to Celebrate
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September 27, 2018
Writing Rules for Life
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July 31, 2018
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An Italian Journey with Auden, Goethe, Sex, and God
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January 09, 2018
What made me pick up Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel, Invisible Man? Had I ever...
December 14, 2017
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Why I’m Writing a Death Penalty Book for Teens
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July 27, 2017
Still Pilgrim. Just the title of Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s new poetry collection makes you pause....
July 06, 2017
How To Intuit a Book Title
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The Mysteries of Revision
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April 10, 2017
Dancing with Words During National Poetry Month
Here’s your assignment. Choose a poem you’ve written (it could be any piece of writing,...
March 28, 2017
Mysteries Sherlock Holmes Can’t Solve
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December 21, 2016
On the Front Lines
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December 12, 2016
Stopping the Press
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How Do You Write?
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November 03, 2016
Tootling around on Twitter, I’ve come upon a delightful community of poets. Their hashtag is...
October 19, 2016
What are the classics but the noblest recorded thoughts of man? They are the only...
September 08, 2016
The New Critics and the Barbarians
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September 06, 2016
Of Cookbooks and Lynchings
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September 02, 2016
My Own Commencement, Part 2: The Uses of Confusion
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August 05, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Onesimus”
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July 20, 2016
Why We Write
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July 14, 2016
C.S. Lewis, Less Than Magical
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July 08, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Again to Port Soderick”
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Poetry Friday: “For Whom the Resurrection Is the Full Moon Rising” by Mark Wagenaar
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The Best Conditions for Work
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