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Hart Crane Hears the River

For years, I’ve been mesmerized by Hart Crane’s poetry as dazzling verbal displays that suggest stories lurking within their densities but always favor ecstatic language over explaining what’s going on. To read his poems aloud is to hear jazz pouring … Continue reading

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Let Haiku Be Haiku

Once again a writing handbook tells us that haiku need not be haiku. “Some people believe (mistakenly) that a haiku must have seventeen syllables arranged 5 / 7 / 5 in lines 1, 2, and 3. The fact is that … Continue reading

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Poetry Advice

I’m rereading The Great Gatsby which floats above us on Fitzgerald’s exalted lyrical prose style. A sample in the early pages brings Nick Carraway into Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s mansion on East Egg: “We walked through a high hallway into … Continue reading

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The Augie in Me

Not since college have I gone to a fortune teller. And then I went as a goof. The knock against fortune tellers, which I have no reason to dispute, is that they’re masterful at making broad claims that sound specifically … Continue reading

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HPB

It was 54 years ago today that I slid and slopped, shouldered and plopped my way out into the world, saw my first daylight, wailed my first cry against fate, lost my umbilical cord and felt hunger for the first … Continue reading

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