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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Unexpected Reading List in The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland

| July 31, 2011

I’m somewhat amused that on pp. 92-93 of Douglas Coupland’s novel The Gum Thief, Coupland has a character who is an extremely boring and self-absorbed novelist rattle off a recommended reading list that is really quite excellent. Just added all of the suggestions to my “to read” list on Goodreads. Here’s the passage, with links to […]

I’ll Bet You Money That the Song Was “This Year”

| July 17, 2011

Ben turned around and offered me his fist. I punched it softly, even though I hated that greeting. “Q!” he shouted over the music. “How good does this feel?” And I knew exactly what Ben meant: he meant listening to the the Mountain Goats with your friends in a car that runs on a Wednesday […]

Emily Dickinson on What Is Poetry?

| July 9, 2011

“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other […]

New Review of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson

| September 29, 2010

My dear friend, author and prolific book reviewer Mindy Withrow, has just published her review of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson. So pleased to see she “got” it and loved it as much as I did.

The Secret Life of the Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: Sister Sue and the Lost Souls

| September 23, 2010

This entry is part of a series, Secret Life of the Secret Life of Emily Dickinson» This essay is part of a series on the dreamscape aspects of Jerome Charyn’s novel, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson. To see other entries in the series, click the link at the top of this post. This series […]

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