The Land of Youth

painting “Tir na nog, Land of the Ever Young”  by Tighe O’Donoghue Ross In Ireland, the mythical Land of the Young is called Tír na nÓg Here’s a poem about it by the Irish language poet Sean O’Riordan – translated into Engllsh: At the back of the house is a land of youth, A jumbledContinue reading “The Land of Youth”

A place that percolates poetry

Gettysburg Pennsylvania, on the East Coast of the USA, holds a “First Friday” every month.  Shops stay open later, and musical events take place on the square. In addition, the Ragged Edge Coffeehouse hosts a poetry reading each First Friday. This consists of an hour of “open mic” and an hour reading by a featuredContinue reading “A place that percolates poetry”

The Flames They Followed Joan of Arc

    One of my favorite poet/songwriters, Leonard Cohen, died this week.  Here is one of his lesser-known works.  Judy Collins recorded this on one of her albums: “Joan Of Arc” Now the flames they followed Joan of Arc as she came riding through the dark; no moon to keep her armour bright, no manContinue reading “The Flames They Followed Joan of Arc”

So Many Choices

  Here’s a poem of mine: Not Only/But Also   The nuns taught us that pair. Not only that one, but also Both/and Neither /Nor Either/Or. Correlative conjunctions not only related to each other, but also offering alternatives. The testimonial dinner offered not only the Boeuf Bourguignon but also the Chicken Divan. Either you drinkContinue reading “So Many Choices”

the multitudinous seas incarnadine

My favorite example of hyperbole comes from Shakespeare.  After he murders Duncan, and Lady Macbeth urges him to wash the blood from his hands, saying that “a little water clears us of this deed,”  Macbeth responds: “Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No. This my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine,Continue reading “the multitudinous seas incarnadine”

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