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Category Archive: Poetry

Apr 16 2014

Ok, That’s A First

Twice today, students asked questions that I had previously examined on this blog, such that my immediate thought was “oh, I’ll just recite this verse”. Which, of course, I did not. I gave a nice, thorough, completely prose response. I need to get more people reciting my verses as answers to classroom questions, so that …

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Mar 04 2014

A Humanist Prayer In The Arizona House Of Reps

Ok, this is really beautiful. Via Matthew Hendley writing for the Phoenix New Times blogs, we read that a second humanist representative, Juan Mendez, has had the chance to deliver the opening prayer for the Arizona House (the first was last May). Monday’s prayer wonderfully combines William Cleary’s “Grace to Shout” with Audre Lorde’s “Litany …

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Jan 19 2014

Constrained Writing (or, Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!)

Constraining one’s writing Can make it exciting Constraints make it better, not worse It requires more thought (Or, they tell me, it ought) To express what you want, say, in verse. But I’ve just seen an ode Nearly written in code– With multiple layers of constraints Take a look, if you will, At this beauty …

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Jan 11 2014

Dammit, I Did It Wrong

My commenters saw through my evil plot: I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad …

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Jan 10 2014

Giving Up Rhyming For A Year

I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad villanelles; a year when my thoughts must …

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Nov 18 2013

Atheist Christmas Verses, Poems, Cards…

… and all proceeds going to charity. So checking the site stats today, I note that it is the beginning of the season for searching google for “atheist christmas poem”, “atheist christmas cards”, “atheist xmas” and the like. So I just thought I’d link again, to the only collection you need. Some 17 verses, 32 …

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Oct 14 2013

If You Give A Cuttlefish A Blue Book…

… ze’s gonna want to fill it up. So while giving an exam the other day, I found an empty Blue Book in the classroom, left behind by a previous class. There I was, trapped for 80+ minutes in a room, with a whole 16 pages of wide-ruled notebook paper. And a dozen extra number …

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Sep 20 2013

Piecing Together The Fragments Of The Past

Frieze fragment

From fragments sifted from the dirt We piece together what was here An image forms, a poor mosaic; Some details never will be shown. The evidence of daily life— A broken lamp, a shattered vase, A stairway worn with countless steps, The profile of a woman’s face— These buried pieces, lost to time We may …

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Aug 28 2013

Impeach… um… Eisenhower!

In my in-box, there was drama— We must now impeach Obama!— And a screed without one comma Made the case why this was so. Since he won his last election, This is cause for insurrection! (It’s assumed there’s no objection And the man must simply go) Once the president’s elected It has come to be …

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Jul 20 2013

At The Risk Of More Competition…The Limerick Contest!

I have to tell you (I was just informed myself, as was my source, the good people at the OEDILF) of the International Limericks Competition. (And it is indeed “the” Limerick competition, based in Limerick, Ireland, as it is.) Free to enter, up to three entries, must be original and in proper limerick form, with …

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