May 7, 2014

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The Dance of the Villanelle

The word ‘villanelle’ sounds like it ought to be the name of a dance –...

Mar 17, 2014

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Emily Dickinson and the Art of Doubt

Sometimes designating herself the “Queen of Calvary,” nineteenth-century...

Mar 12, 2014

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Looking at a Sonnet from the Inside

Constraint begets creativity, and the particular demands of the sonnet form...

Feb 17, 2014

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Letting Go of Irony: Reflections on the Ode (and on teaching poetry)

Over at my friend Kelly Belmonte’s excellent blog All Nine Muses, she...

Feb 2, 2014

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Maps: A Sonnet

I wrote this sonnet in Oxford, sitting in the Cafe Nero in Blackwell’s...

Dec 4, 2013

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Many-Splendored Things: a Review of The Singing Bowl by Malcolm Guite

What is poetry? To seek an answer is to find a seeming infinity of thought....