Archive for December, 2008

Dec 23

A Favorite Dictionary

About a year ago I discovered John Drury’s The Poetry Dictionary (Writer’s Digest, 2006). I love this book. Not only does this book define poetic terms, it also includes lots of extra tidbits like facts, quotes, and poems. I enjoyed this book so much I purchased four copies as birthday presents for my poet friends. While it is a little overwhelming for the less studied poet, it is a must for anyone who writes poetry with even a little seriousness.

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Dec 18

From Gourds to Poems

All the gourds I grew this and last year, I hung on my trees. The gourds on the branches of my dogwood tree look like large pears. A metal sun hangs in the same tree. Silently I sing to the Twelve Days of Christmas, “A rust-sun in a pear tree.” These are the random thoughts that poems are made of.

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Dec 18

Star Trek: Chutes and Ladders

An episode of Voyager is called The Chute. That name reminds me of the game Chutes and Ladders that I played as a kid. Instead of moving one’s game piece down a chute, or back toward start as you do in the game, in this show, immates are thrown down a chute into a maximum security prison for life. They don’t find out until later that they are actually on a spaceship prison, not underground on their home planet as they assumed. Space surrounds them and escape is impossible even if one could make his way up the chute. I bet someone came up with the idea for the episode from the kid’s game. I also thought about being stuck in one place forever. I wonder how many of us are stuck in a place where there is no escape even if we escaped?

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Dec 18

Good Book for Poets

Check out Jay Parini’s Why Poetry Matters , particularly if you like T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Parini devotes an entire chapter to this.

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