Monthly Archives: May 2010

On judging a book by the cover

Beginning when we are small and impressionable, we’re told to “never judge a book by its cover.” Which book? What cover? The saying implies that beneath the cover lies something worth the while. You shouldn’t judge the book by its … Continue reading

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“Other People” and the Empty Boat

L’Infer… c’est les autres. (Hell is other people.) Jean-Paul Sartre In Catch-22, Yossarian insisted to any who would listen that the German anti-aircraft crews were actually trying to kill him — personally. For Yossarian, it didn’t matter that the German … Continue reading

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Home Life

“And your mother laughed at the serious way you looked at her…” Shearwater, “Home Life” Though mostly I like to joke around about stuff and poke fun at things and people, at times I feel absolutely overcome with seriousness. Even … Continue reading

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New poems, mid-April to this morning

I wrote 12 poems in February of this year and 9 in March, which for me is a lot. To spur on further productivity, I decided last month to match and exceed February’s total, so in April I wrote 13 … Continue reading

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The case for misfortune

I never learn more about the world and myself than in the times when life has beaten me down and I don’t think I can go on. I don’t think this is particular to me. It is a human trait, … Continue reading

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