poetry

How long is life? — Liu Shahe, Shi Tianhe and the Stars Poetry Disaster

How long is life?

Liu Shahe, Shi Tianhe and the Stars Poetry Disaster

 

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To be misunderstood by one person is troublesome.
To be misunderstood by many is tragedy.

Persisting in Madness

Persisting in Madness1

 

Alan was still writing songs in the 1970’s, while I turned out historical narratives in iambic pentameter. We were much influenced by the Greek Alexandrian poet Konstantin Kavafy, and his sexual candor. We also admired A.L. Rowse’s exposé of Homosexuals in History and  Mary Renault’s historical novels. Such reading inspired this poem, which was my first sonnet.

Are Poems Still Allowed to Rhyme?

Are Poems Still Allowed to Rhyme?

 

A contributor to a literary magazine enquires, ‘Are poems still allowed to rhyme?’

Caught and Freed: Manipulations of Form in Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sonnet” and “One Art”

Caught and Freed: Manipulations of Form in Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sonnet” and “One Art”

 

Causley’s Wild Faith

Causley’s Wild Faith

 

Able Muse, Reload Issue: Poetry, Prose & Art

Wallace Stevens: Emperor of the Enigmatic

Essay —

Wallace Stevens:

The Emperor of the Enigmatic

 

The poet Mark Strand has said that Wallace Stevens is “one of the most admired American poets of the twentieth century,” but at the same time, one of “the least understood.” Perhaps that is because Wallace Stevens wrote some of the most willfully obscure poems of the twentieth century.

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Cliché

Cliché

The Heresies of Turner Cassity

Essay:

The Heresies of Turner Cassity

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