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Poetry

T.S. Eliot and the proper addressing of “Cats”

THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS You’ve read of several kinds of Cat,And my opinion now is thatYou should need no interpreterto understand their character.You now have learned enough to seeThat Cats are much like you and meAnd other people whom we findPossessed of various types of mind.For some are sane and some are madAnd some are …

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Naomi Shihab Nye’s Voice of Reason about Palestine and Israel

Arab Festival T-shirt SEATTLE 2007. I wasn’t even there, But wear this shirt proudly all the time. Since when Arab Tragedy only? No! Forgetting spread tables, smoky eggplant, tiny spinach pies, punctuating pomegranate seeds, neat salmon in the center of each rectangle of harissa, since when we put down embroideries, joy, birth certificates of stitching …

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My early Christmas present to you: The Lois Level Holiday Playlist to calm your yuletide nerves…A Southern American’s Christmas

In honor of the Yuletide Season, I have decided to take a little artistic license and focus on song lyrics as poetry. In principle, this post is about Christmas music, as you are going to see, I have also taken artistic license with the concept of Christmas music. If you are a traditionalist, I have …

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North England’s (Iron) Giant of poetry…and it isn’t Roald Dahl!

Image above: A view of York, home of Ted Hughes. More about York below. The Mermaid’s Purse The Mermaid’s shriekMade Ocean shake. She’d opened her purseFor an Aspirin-What a shock!Out came a sharkWith a great black finHissing: “Here’s NurseAnd Surgeon in oneGreat flashing grin!” Now headacheAnd head have goneOr she’d feel worse. Ted Hughes Collected …

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