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Sep 02, 2021
When we say that a poem is “good”—not with the dubious implication that it’s not great but with genuine satisfaction—are we unconsciously echoing Genesis, “And God saw that it was good”? It’s not such a stretch: the poet and critic Susan Stewart theorizes that the declaration of goodness is one of the three qualities of […]
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Apr 22, 2021
Arthur O’Leary was the scion of a high-born Irish Catholic family in County Cork who, in 1773, ran into trouble with a local English magistrate, Abraham Morris. Morris either took colonialist umbrage at the impudent O’Leary—who had also been a hussar in Empress Maria’s Austro-Hungarian army—or simply coveted his prizewinning mare, which, under Great Britain’s […]
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Nov 26, 2020
The name Charlotte Mew glimmers between fame and obscurity, and has now for over a century. She was born in 1869 in London and had exactly one book of poetry to her name when she died by her own hand in 1928. This book, The Farmer’s Bride (1916), sold moderately well and was critically acclaimed […]
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Oct 28, 2020
To celebrate World Peace Day in mid-September, my teenage son was instructed by his teachers to go around the yard taking photos of flora and fauna and upload them to an app that would identify their varieties. These then showed up on a map, among other photos taken by users in the neighborhood. Presumably, the […]
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Oct 15, 2020
A storm breathes—down our necks, yes, but also oxygenated by its warm air intake. As it knocks about the Bahamas, ours is bated; fresh water “flies off the shelves,” and the coast by decree evacuated, for we will not recuse ourselves, not even at the peninsular end, where the land mass calves. Meanwhile, who can […]
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