on poetry

April 13, 2019

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”
Seamus Heaney
(April 13, 1939 – August 30, 2013)

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quote from Stepping Stones: Interview with Seamus Heaney
photo © John Minihan


on poetry

December 30, 2018

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling
(December 30, 1865 – January 18, 1936)

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on poetry

September 10, 2018

“Words were her plague and words were her redemption.”

(September 10, 1886 – September 27, 1961)

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on poetry

June 15, 2017

are a waste of time…

Kobayashi Issa
(June 15, 1763 – January 5, 1828)

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August 14, 2016

Logophilia - Dayna Patterson
2016 Merit Award
By Dayna Patterson

I want a dictionary with all the words.
I want a dictionary so big it houses all
the words and parts of words,
phonemes, morphemes, roots and
leaves, their histories. Words in every
language, from Persian to Portuguese.
I want the internet of words, their flux
and flummox and flume. I want the
words to unfold, unfurl, unravel,
uncrease, release. Whisper sub rosa
their viscera, their mystery. I want the
OED, the Merriam-Webster,
American Heritage, Collegiate,
Urban, Slang. I want the Big Bang of
all those words and what they mean
Inside my brain, deep in my cortical
cells, the oldest part. I want the art of
words, want them to multiply like
plankton, so numerous they feed
whale bodies of poems, allow them to
surface, sing, allow me not to repeat
myself when I tell you I love you
dooset daram       eu te amo       I love

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*Copyright 2016 by Dayna Patterson. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

the words we use

June 1, 2016

Langston Hughes wordcloud

We all have quirks of syntax and vocabulary that distinguish our writing. We have words that recur in our poetry, suggesting themes or simply the linguistic equivalent of comfortable slippers. Joanne Jeffries and Julian Yanover analyzed their database of more than 35,000 poems, looking for the words most used by individual poets and by classic and contemporary poets. From the results, they offer a series of word clouds with mouse-over sliding images for nine poets and for classic vs. contemporary. They’ve posted “Poetic WordClouds: These are the most common words in Poetry” on My Poetic Side, which has no “About” page but seems to be an online poetry community. Enjoy!
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Langston Hughes wordcloud
Thanks to Susan Chase-Foster for the heads up!

on poetry

October 30, 2015

Paul Valéry“Of two possible words always choose the lesser.”
Paul Valéry
(October 30, 1871 – July 20, 1945)
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photo by Pierre Choumoff

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