Category Archive: Poetry

May 02 2013

Send Your Haiku To Mars! (or… not)

Have I mentioned that I hate Haikus? Not real haiku, but haiku as it has been translated into American. I don’t speak Japanese–well, not much. Very little, but I have been told by a Japanese student that my pronunciation is remarkable. Which, I suspect, is only true in comparison to this student’s experience with other …

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Apr 21 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 5: Salty Current

I have always loved the writing of the person I only know as SC, or Salty Current. Intelligent, emotional, well-crafted in prose and in poetry, her writing is always worth the reading (and always far more poetic than mine; I am far too chained to rhyme and meter, and SC is one of the few …

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Apr 18 2013

April 18–National Poem In Your Pocket Day

I suck at this not-posting stuff. But as long as I don’t have to write anything new, it’s sorta serving the same function. So this is just a reminder that today is Poem In Your Pocket day. And this is really the perfect poem to carry in your own pocket.

Apr 14 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 4: Rikitiki

In my continued observance of National Poetry Month, a contribution from reader Rikitiki. There is something just plain wonderful about a good sonnet: Legend says we are but that mid-span ‘tween airy angels and demons below: Our nature wrestling itself ever so – A battle that’s between the base and grand. I’ve seen no devil …

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Apr 05 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 3: Callinectes

In my continued observance of National Poetry Month, I present for your amusement and edification a verse by reader Callinectes, which I find wonderfully illustrates a problem that a lot of my students have. Of course, it does so by way of metaphor: In the land of Pyrûn, an exporter of lead Ruled by a …

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Apr 04 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 2: richardelguru

In my continuing observance of National Poetry Month, I present my second guest poet–too modest, but I am a sucker for a new verse form: I’m more of an essayist, but I once (possibly) invented the Hairimeraku. There are essays explaining the structure and the necessity of them fulfilling “both the exacting requirements of the …

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Apr 03 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 1: Kate Jones

It is, as I said earlier, National Poetry Month (here in the US, anyway). I am very happy to present my first guest poet, Kate Jones: The two appended pieces were originally created for the bi-annual Gathering for Gardner (honoring Martin Gardner) in 2010 and 2012, the 9th and 10th such congresses of writers, thinkers, …

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Apr 01 2013

April Is (US) National Poetry Month

… and I know that I have many poets among my readers (and many who appreciate poets). I don’t have a really big soapbox here, or a really loud megaphone, but it’s bigger than it used to be, and bigger than a lot of personal blogs where people are writing amazing and beautiful things that …

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Feb 10 2013

Code Blue Limerick Emergency Alert!

Ok, people, this one is serious. Spread the word to anyone you suspect might help, or anyone you suspect knows people who might help. One of the cooler projects in the history of humankind is the OEDILF—the Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form. I first wrote about them here. Their goal is to write at …

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Nov 22 2012

A Happy Thanksgiving

… because the cuttlekids are home. So, since I can’t cook a meal for you, a special side-dish here, serving as another reminder that what I do is not poetry, and that proper poetry is (or can be) delicious.

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