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The Poet’s Guide to Looking Back

It’s been far too long since my last post! I know how vital regular posting is to the life of a blog. But sometimes life intervenes and the first thing … Continue reading

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How Important is Forgiveness in Marriage?

William Carlos Williams’ 1934 twelve line poem “This is Just to Say” has stuck with me for years. I first read it when I was in my twenties. Back then, … Continue reading

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Introducing the W&R Literary Roundup

Check out the W &R Literary Roundup, a new and regular feature from Word and Rhyme blog. Lots of awesome websites and blogs publish interesting articles about literature and literary … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Go West, Young Woman: Do the Restless Live Richer Lives?

Elizabeth Bishop’s wonderful poem “Letter to N.Y.” is one of my all-time favorites. The narrator starts with… In your next letter I wish you’d say where you are going and … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

How Francis Macomber Lost the Respect of His Wife

In Ernest Hemingway’s The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, Francis loses the respect of his wife. You get the sense that her respect for him has been dwindling for … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

That Floor’s Not Going to Sweep Itself

 In Jamaica Kincaid’s very short and lyrical story Girl a mother tells her daughter all the things she must do and not do, say and not say to grow up … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 8 Comments

The Fiction of Memory

One of my favorite stories by Alice Munro is Friend of My Youth. The narrator tells us about a story her dying mother told her: the tale of Flora Grieves and … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

Scheduled Outage

In his poem So We’ll Go No More A Roving, Lord Byron (George Gordon) writes about the end of wandering about late into the night, “Though the heart be still … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Longing to Belong

To feel like we belong is one of the most basic human needs. It motivates our behavior, and, when satisfied, gives life meaning. Studies show that those who don’t have … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

What’s In Your Mate’s Mind?

At the end of James Joyce’s fine short story The Dead, the main character, Gabriel, learns something new about his wife, her past and their marriage. Gabriel and Gretta are back in … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 2 Comments
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