December 2015

Read This: The Auld Lang Syne Edition

December 31, 2015

For New Year’s Eve, you could look up the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne” so you know what you’re supposed to be singing–but instead, why not read a different Robert Burns poem? In “To a Mouse” a farmer feels sorry for plowing up a mouse’s burrow, scaring it and ruining its hard work. This poem gives us the famous but usually misquoted lines, “The best laid schemes …

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Read This, Not That!: The Force Edition

December 19, 2015

A new Star Wars movie is in the world. I have heard it is pretty okay, or better than horrible. If you care, you’ve probably already seen it in the theater, so instead of reading a(nother) review of Episode VII, try “My God, It’s Full of Stars” by Tracy K. Smith, from her Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/243880 This poem has more science fiction than …

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Read This, Not That!

December 11, 2015
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Is there a Donald behind The Donald? This weekend, rather than reading another denunciation of the leading Republican candidate’s hateful rhetoric or another expression of surprise that we’re still watching the show that shouldn’t have gone on, read this poem by T.S. Eliot about a walking caricature. “Suite Clownesque” is an early poem, one that remained largely unknown until 1996, when a notebook of Eliot’s …

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