- Emily Dickinson is nobody’s business but my own. I will not share her with anyone. I would no more tell you about my relationship with her poems than I would tell you about a love affair. If she is yours, I hope you feel the same way.” — from Mary Ruefle’s essay “My Emily Dickinson” quoted in The Paris Review
- “Some are surprised that the rigorous analytical approach PG learned to apply to poetry has served him quite well in analyzing contracts and other legal documents.” — from the Passive Guy’s post on The Passive Voice blog
How do you read poetry? Do you as a reader note, for instance, prosody — the patterns of rhythm and sound? In your opinion, should poetry be analyzed? Simply enjoyed? Both? Do share in the comments.
- Just one more thing (as Columbo would say): head over to Indies Unlimited to vote for your favorite flash fiction entry (will it be mine?). Hurry: the voting closes at 5 pm Pacific time today. Thank you.
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Image credit: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Reading (La Lecture), c. 1891. Oil on canvas, Overall: 18 1/8 x 22 1/16 in. (46 x 56 cm). BF107. Public Domain.
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Photographs can rhyme. See for yourself.
From Poets & Writers Magazine — “a selection of five debut authors over the age of fifty whose first books came out this past year.” Find out their names, and read excerpts from their books.
The ninth annual Gemini magazine Flash Fiction Contest is accepting entries. Stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible. Low entry fee, big first prize. Deadline: Aug 31. Go for it!
“…if the poem gave her that “drifting experience,” it is doing what it is supposed to do… this experience…is precious, rare, virtually extinct even…the preservation of this drifting experience is the purpose and promise of poetry.” — Matthew Zapruder
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A photograph of Jane Morris by John Robert Parsons, 1868 (via The Paris Review)
“It is likely that no one had ever said she was beautiful … and may indeed have described her as plain or even ugly.”
— Janey’s biographer Jan Marsh
Read about the Pre-Raphaelite muse née Jane Burden, Jane Morris, Janey.
“When I watched the thirty-second commercial for the G.I. Joe Mobile Command Center or a promo for “The Fall Guy,” everything came rushing back: the way light flooded the living room before the extension was added to the house and the mango trees sprouted; the rabbit ears perched on top of the old Hitachi, which barely hauled in two channels on the good days; my grandfather and the cats sitting on the couch, scratching the sides in unison.”
—Matthew St. Ville Hunte on ads in our lives.
“I’m not afraid of anything. To be afraid a person has either to be a coward or very great and big. I am neither.
— Zelda Fitzgerald’s letters to her husband.
Image via The Paris Review.
The Paris Review delves into Anna Akhmatova’s sarcasm.
Here’s my attempt at translating the epigram:
Could to create like Dante Beatrice seek,
Would Laura’s ardent verses cause a riot?
A woman, I taught women how to speak…
But, Lord, how could I ever keep them quiet!
The Russian original:
Могла ли Биче словно Дант творить,
Или Лаура жар любви восславить?
Я научила женщин говорить…
Но, Боже, как их замолчать заставить!
Childe Hassam, The Room of Flowers, 1894.
I’ve gone from ooh and aah…to oh!…aha…and finally uh-oh…
Play a little game of “I spy” and see what you can see.
“…a very expressive word, which, as I have nothing better to tell you, I shall endeavor to explain to you: you will understand it better by the derivation than the definition.”
— Horace Walpole explaining the word he coined; from his letter to Horace Mann written on January 28, 1754