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The Oddville Press has debuted:  http://theoddvillepress.com I'm on page 61 .
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Dale's blog about the Scot word "peelywally" inspired me to poke around for some others. The tidbit below sidetracked me. She's a glint, she's a glimmer, she's a glimpse, she's a fleeter, she's an overhauler, leave-astern, a hale-fleet-beater; she's a kyle-coulter, knot-reeler, thrang-...
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 One of my nephews wants to become a pro wrestler. Why in the world? I asked. I want to be famous, he said, so that you'll be proud of me. A lively discussion ensued, about goals worth having, the nature of fame, and  this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye: Famous The river is famous to the fish. The loud...
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For all you Strunkaholics out there, Jonathan Yardley has a WaPost article on the difference between eloquence and bloviation, the need for concision in writing("a sentence should contain no unnecessary words, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no...
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Have you seen this story? http://staceylynnbrown.blogspot.com/2008/07/less-than-auspicious-debut.html Cider Press Review has been getting quite the blog-flog over it. This is their explanation: https://lists.usm.maine.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0808&L=WOM-PO&T=0&O=D&P=41516 And...
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I was in my husband's library, oh, dusting or something, and came across a book called Truth and Beauty, by S. Chandrasekhar, a Nobel Prize winner best known for his discovery of the upper limit to the mass of a white dwarf star.There's a lecture in the book, The Ryerson Lecture, on "...
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the difference between learned and accessed knowledge: No one recites my poems today... they just look in their "books." Foul beasts of paper and glue
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What is the experience of collaboration like? How do the artist and writer feel about the results? Here, Leah Browning and Ira Joel Haber discuss their duet for "Broadside." http://www.broadsidedpress.org/qa/2008/08june.shtml
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dark card
Read my review of Rebecca Foust's Dark Card here. It's an award-winning chapbook about raising a son with Asperger's, and the author infuses great strength and tenderness into her poems. Not to be missed.
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Message from Home All that August the house seesawed between heat and wet. Bedraggled relations in souvenir shirts wondered if they brought enough clean underwear. We exchanged gifts instantly earmarked for the junk drawer. The door swelled shut and I cased the windows like a thief, whilethey split...
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Quotes on Naipaul's work: Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it. I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others. I have trusted to my...
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OK, Gentle Reader. We've covered first lines: the good, and (yesterday's post) the bad and the ugly. Would you like to hear one view on the importance of second lines? Well then--http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/peter_robins/blog/2008/08/12/judging_on_second_impressions Opinions?
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In the Language That Should Be Taken Out & Shot Dept...From our own backyard, we have a winner of the Bulwer (it was a dark and stormy night) -Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst opening of an imaginary novel. Details here: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/scott.rice/blfc2008.htm Drum roll...
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Didi Menendez has an interview series with artists and poets at  http://orangesandsardines.blogspot.com/2008/08/interview-with-poet-cheryl-snell.html See anyone you know? Thanks, Didi!
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