Tag: Story

Speaking of Poetry

I just started reading Passing Through: the Later Poems, New and Selected by Stanley Kunitz. This is my first foray with the works of this American poet. I had not even heard of him until a few years ago, when one of my former professors passed along a link to a video of him reading, “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley…

The Need to Share

I finished Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. It was a fascinating read: rather straightforward, but dealing with a number of thorny issues, most glaringly, cannibalism, but it also brings up questions about sharing stories. The following excerpt is from chapter twelve, and it’s basically a synopsis of the book/ordeal, so please don’t read it if you don’t…

Time to Be

Every now and again, I go through a phase in which I feel overwhelmed, discombobulated, adrift, and/or misanthropic. At those times, I feel unable to create, unable to start anything new. I usually end up cleaning something in the hopes that a lack of clutter will get me fired up again. As you’ve likely guessed, such a funk hit me…

Meant to Read it?

Well, I did it: at just about 2 am, I read the last sentence in The Return of the King. Sam is back home with his family, and his part in the story will go on. Will I read the back matter? Perhaps someday, but for now, I’m not especially interested in runes, family trees, and the line of kings.…