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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Sebastian Blanck: Would You Kill for the Empire of the Free?

| July 28, 2010

This song, from Alibi Coast, the new album by Sebastian Blanck, raises important questions on many levels, from the political to the cosmological. I wrote a novel on the wall With every line and with every thought The ceiling fell until I was caught By an angel who wanted it all An angel who wanted […]

The Lake of Innisfree by William Butler Yates

| June 9, 2010

I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from […]

VIDEO: Jerome Charyn on The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson and Its Critics

| May 23, 2010

Commenting on my review of his novel The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, author Jerome Charyn wrote the following to me (via Twitter): “Thanks so much for that perceptive review! It really is about Emily’s dream life and you’re the first one to point that out.” Now I wish I had written more about “Emily’s […]

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn – A Review

| May 21, 2010

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Historical fiction is a daring enterprise, which is a polite way of saying that it borders on the foolhardy at one extreme and the arrogant at the other. If attempting to recreate a time and place neither author nor reader […]

Poetry, the Breath of Life

| May 1, 2010

Image by Martin LaBar via Flickr Do you know—the only life I am sure of is the life of the Imagination. Whatever the absolute Truth—or Untruth—of that old life-in-death—Poetry can make that man live for the length of the faith you or any other choose to give to him. I do not claim to bestow […]

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