NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 15: B.A.C.

Anywhere but Here

B.A.C. Summers in the working class Old Northeast neighborhood, my younger sister and I would escape home's uncontrolled climate and trudge a mile to the library, arms stretched to hold stacks of books to return. Hills were hard, but we enjoyed patches and passages of shade along the way. The  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 14: First Judgment

William Blake plate 26 from Jerusalem

First Judgment I am the text. God, the modernist New Critic, demands I speak in this moment for myself, and denies one syllable of influence from my times or my Author. -- Carl Bettis 2019-04-14 Image info: William Blake, plate 26 from Jerusalem. From Open Culture  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 13: Profession of Faith

Faith Waxes and Wanes

Finally catching up with today's poem, another heteronym work.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 12: Moving Up


Still catching up on my posting with heteronym poems.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 11: In a Manner


Continuing to catch up on posting my NaPoWriMo works, currently with heteronym poems.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 10: Tree Parable

Naked Tree

I've been writing my poem-a-day, but haven't had a chance to post. Catching up now, with nothing but heteronym poems.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 9: Until, That Is


Until, That Is I swell with love for nature, until a rolling sweet-gum ball twists my ankle, I step in dog shit or a bird poops on my head. Such love for humanity! --Until someone jostles me or wants to talk or at book sales I race with other bibliophiles. And so full for love of God am I, until I  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 8: Sonnet XVI0F3


A poem from my oldest and most annoying heteronym, a proponent of dada.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 7: Getting Philosophical

Making Rope, N. Roth, 1911

For April 7th, a heteronym who mostly sits on the bench comes into the game. (Hey look, I did a sports metaphor! I bet I got it wrong!)

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 6: knowing myself


Another heteronym poem. I'd meant to write something in my own voice, but the usually mild-mannered mr hobson shoved his way in. knowing myself there i am in the night wind and in the smell of mud it brings, and again in the nacreous sky that curls over me, and look, look where i dash into shadows  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 5: After All We're Family


A poem by the family dog about the family cat.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 4: starting along the way


A heteronym poem.

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NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 3: How the Celestial City...


A poem by one of my heteronyms, addressed to another of my heteronyms as part of an ongoing philosophical debate.

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NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 2: Riddle-me-ree


I don't think this is a very good poem, but when you write a poem a day that happens. Riddle-me-ree A feral grape vine that grapples and years long crimps an arthritic chain link fence fencing a savage yard of thin rodents and mad thistles behind a decadent house denuded of paint, naked of curtains  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 1: To M.


The poem for day 1 of NaPoWriMo 2019 is by one of my heteronyms. To M., on our Mutual Folly A poem for Whan That Aprille Oh Folly, how sweet to lick thy lips, far from worries of work-wracked mind, of crampt hand bound to daily task. Let be no more nor boss nor bills, but only this bed wide as the  […]

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Pi(e) Day 2019 poetry


A pi-based poetic form for Pi(e) Day.

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NaPoWriMo 2019

Domesday Book

Gearing up for National Poetry Writing Month 2019 in April. I'm already writing a poem for every day in 2019 for a Facebook group, but during April I will posting a poem for every day on the blog. Some of these poems will be by heteronyms - a term coined (in this usage) by Portuguese poet Fernando  […]

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A vague reading plan

The following are the books I plan to read in the near future. I'm sure I'll end 2019 with only a few of these crossed off. I won't necessarily read them in the order they're listed below, and I'll be reading other books in-between or simultaneously. The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu Mrs  […]

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But if I *were* to read only women authors...

Margaret Cavendish from Luminarium

I've been trying, over the past some years, to diversify my reading--not necessarily by genre or subject, but by authors. I grew up a bookworm, and over the years I've read probably thousands of books by white, cis male, mostly heteronormative, mostly Anglophone writers. It occurred to me a while  […]

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