Tag Archive | NaBloPoMo

11.20.05: We Lose Chris Whitley

The video opens, of course, with Chris lighting up a cigarette. He died at 45 from lung cancer. You can hear his voice get softer, more whispery, when you spend a day listening only to CW albums, starting with 1991’s Living with the Law and going all the way through 2005’s Soft Dangerous Shores. When […]

It Takes 19 Lines to Build a Villanelle

Today is the 19th, which is another wonderful opportunity to post a villanelle. This one’s pretty famous, as the biographical note accompanying The Bell Jar often includes it. I’m a big fan of Plath’s work and of villanelles, and this one’s a doozy, so here we go: Mad Girl’s Love Song I shut my eyes and […]

18 Words to Describe Today

Productive, sunny, incompetently spiced eggnog, confidence from confidant, ran 3 miles in the dark, proud of daughter’s nomination

17-Year-Old Gets Into 1st AT&T Contract

15 Minutes of Undivided Attention to Kim Kardashian (Sort of)

I’ve never given Kim Kardashian much thought, or any of the Kardashians, for that matter. But I’m going to give her my full attention for the next 15 minutes while I free-write some thoughts in  response to her photos released this week. When someone strikes me as an attention whore, my brain automatically shuts off […]

11.12: Don’t Be So Sure

I have a book titled Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden. On page 11 and 12, Housden is just beginning to discuss the first poem, Mary Oliver’s “The Journey.” (The other 9 poems are from Machado, Whitman, Rumi, Kabir, Neruda, Kinnell, Merwin, Walcott, and St. John of the Cross.) Since today is […]

11 Saucy Syllables

I was reading today about the hendecasyllable, which is the 11-syllable line used in ancient Greek and Latin poetry. Medieval poets used this line as well, including such heavy hitters as Dante. In English poetry, the term hendecasyllable refers to a line of iambic pentameter with an extra beat on the end (A thing of […]