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Robert Burton

Posted 11-24-2010 at 05:09 AM by Steve Bucknell
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For a moment the moon is a gold coin above the feathery tips of the conifers, then a grey smear spreads over the sky and it ghosts away. I check the thermometer outside and it’s just a degree above freezing. The stone birdbath is solid ice; I boil water to free it and clean it. A holly leaf pricks my thumb as I pull it out of the ice and litter. I fill it with fresh water. If it freezes again tonight I’ll remove it in the morning to set its disc of ice in the dark hawthorn hedge like a window....
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Briggflatts.

Posted 11-23-2010 at 04:30 PM by Steve Bucknell
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Trees radiant in the low light, oak and beech. Dark stone walls against green upswept fells. In a flash we pass a road sign that points down a lane that says “Briggflatts”. I sit in the car wondering.

We arrive in Sedbergh. Westwood Books is a great barn of a bookshop full of treasures. I get nice collections by Chesterton and Belloc but the real prize is an anthology called “A Book of the Winter” compiled by Edith Sitwell. It’s a first edition published by Macmillan in 1950....
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Able Muse Anonymous - Take 2

Posted 11-08-2010 at 11:40 PM by Alex Pepple
Congratulations to all those whose work is scheduled to appear in the inaugural print edition of Able Muse. It will include a handful of you who heeded the call for submissions here on the Sphere, Facebook and elsewhere.

I'm hoping for a release later this month or at the latest, earlier part of next month. Well, you'll know when your contributor copy does arrive. And here's where I encourage everyone to subscribe to our print edition at the Able Muse Press website - http://www.ablemusepress.com/...
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Article on free verse

Posted 10-25-2010 at 10:42 PM by Kevin Corbett
I have a new article Free Verse and the Modernists at Associated Content. By all means, check it out and make grumbling comments about how these bastards ruined things for metrical poets. Though, when I think about it, a lot of Stevens is blank verse. I guess it's just how bizarre everything he wrote is that makes him fit in the Modernist camp.
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The Poet, Wired

Posted 10-15-2010 at 10:15 AM by Reagan Upshaw
An essay that might be of interest.
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