Monthly Archives: April 2019

For National Poetry Month, a poem.

From An Anthology of World Poetry, edited by Mark Van Doren, a French ballad. No poet is named. “The Bridge of Death” “The dance is on the Bridge of Death    And who will dance with me?” “There’s never a … Continue reading

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Of Cackling Emperors and other things….

OK, so now that I’m done cranking out the words every day in a final push to complete a novel draft, what should we talk about? Why…how about the teaser trailer to Star Wars Episode IX that dropped a few … Continue reading

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Reporting the Progress! (And there IS some to report!)

Greetings, Programs! So, what’s new? It’s been a good couple of weeks! Lots of relentless application of the nose to the grindstone, which has resulted in my long-awaited completion of the first draft of Orion’s Huntress. This book is the … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

And…we’re done! I’ve been cranking out the words for the last couple weeks in order to bring this one to its conclusion, and this morning, conclude it, I did! So here’s a bit of cheerful triumphalism. (Sorry about the vuvuzela … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

I know, I know, I know. Long time, not much content. In my defense, though: This can only mean one thing: I’m writing my ass off, getting the first draft of Orion’s Huntress done. Above is a screenshot from the … Continue reading

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So you want to read some poetry! (Why Writers Should Read Poetry, part II)

You read my last post about why writers should read poetry, and now you’re thinking, “Gosh, I should do that and read some poetry. But I don’t know where to start or what books to buy or anything!” Well, as … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Not a tone poem this week, but an actual symphony, one written originally for a very large wind band for an outdoor ceremonial purpose by Hector Berlioz. This work, called the Grande symphonie funebre et triomphale, was actually one of … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Yes, we missed last week. And yes, we’re back in the saddle this week. Sticking with our song challenge, this week’s entry is A Song That’s a Classic Favorite. Lots of ways to interpret that, aren’t there? Here are a … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Sorry for the late posting, but geez, I’m having a busy bunch of days here. Wowza. Anyway, here’s an old favorite of mine. I haven’t heard a lot of Edward Elgar’s music, but whenever I listen to him I come … Continue reading

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“January, 1795” by Mary Robinson (a poem)

Mary Robinson (1757-1800), painted by Thomas Gainsborough One of a series of occasional posts for National Poetry Month. One of my major resolutions for 2019 is to read more poetry. I’ve always enjoyed poetry and I always try to read … Continue reading

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