Tag Archives: poetry

July 04

The Crisis of Infinite Worlds

As I recall, my local library when I was a kid (shout-out to the Thornhill Branch of the St. Louis County Public Library!) had a summer reading program for youth for which the goal was reading fifty books. Can this be right? You’d add a metallic star sticker to a big public chart each time you read one, and you’d get […]

March 16

Continuing Ed

When I graduated with my PhD, I vowed never again to take any more classes in my life, except in yoga or perhaps felting. Soon enough, however, I found myself hearing about friends’ syllabi and thinking, “That sounds like an amazing class!” and feeling a twinge of nostalgia for my student days. And now I’ve […]

February 14

Love & Poetry

In honor of today, my favorite love poem:  number six from Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand Henceforward in thy shadow. Nevermore Alone upon the threshold of my door Of individual life, I shall command The uses of my soul, nor lift my […]

October 08

Poetry for the Weary

I went to a poetry reading on Monday night. It had already been a long day of student meetings and emails to catch up on – not to mention helping with the First Year Career Expo all afternoon. So, needless to say, I was dragging by the time I sat down next to my department […]

On the Topic of Terrifying Children’s Literature

One of our family’s favorite poets to read is Ogden Nash.  He takes up hilarious, unusual topics and delivers them with such endlessly clever and surprising rhymes.  I have much more to say about him another day, but Lynne’s post on Beatrix Potter and dark narratives for children got me thinking about one of Nash’s […]

You Must Revise Your Life

When I taught various sections of Interpretation of Literature in graduate school over the course of some years, my major texts would shift and change.  Pride and Prejudice one semester.  Frankenstein another.  Love in the Time of Cholera one semester. Everything is Illuminated another.  And drama?  Never the same play twice.  Swapping out texts was an opportunity […]

August 22

What Laura is Reading Now

Years ago, I was listening to an episode of This American Life when I heard a segment — and a voice — that I will never forget.  It was my first encounter with David Rakoff.  Part of an episode on “Frenemies,” the segment — a fictional wedding toast-in-verse given by the bride’s ex-boyfriend — was […]