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Poetry in a Glass: Autumn Evening

Poetry in a Glass: Autumn Evening

There is something about haiku poetry that appeals to me very much. I’m sure it’s the austerity of it, and the careful word choice required in order to depict a thought that evokes a feeling that then inspires us to think about life, all in just 17 syllables. I have a book of haiku poems that my daughter, Wendy, gave me as a gift. The three poets in it write in the traditional Japanese style, and their work is believed to be essential to understanding the origin of haiku and its fundamental components.

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Music and Cocktails: Folded and Unfolding

Music and Cocktails: Folded and Unfolding

Those of us who love the band Counting Crows know that it simply does not exist without its charismatic frontman Adam Duritz. Since he has written the lyrics to almost every one of their songs, and since he incorporates so many proper names and places into what he writes, we tend to view his music as autobiographical and confessional. In the beginning, Duritz was often criticized for his name and place dropping, but it did not faze him, nor did it deter him from doing so. In an

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Poetry in a Glass: Silver and Exact

Poetry in a Glass: Silver and Exact

Sylvia Plath’s poems, especially those that were written just before her suicide in 1963, are so raw with emotion that it can be hard to read them in any other way but as confessional. While it is undisputed that most of what she wrote did reflect the absolute turbulence of her mind during that time period, her poetry does transcend its autobiographical element and can offer us a means of connecting with our own emotional state, but only if we allow it. Sometimes when it is well known

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Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

I was first exposed to the Indie band Death Cab for Cutie when my daughter was in high school and I was driving her back and forth everyday. At that point, they had released both Transatlanticism, the album that brought them recognition and critical acclaim, and Plans, their first commercial success with a major label that ended up going platinum. “Marching Bands of Manhattan” is the opening track on Plans and I can distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and immediately thinking

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Poetry in a Glass: In Absentia

Poetry in a Glass: In Absentia

I first learned about Wallace Stevens in a grad school class where the assignment was to select one of his poems to explicate. I deliberately chose “Sunday Morning” because it was difficult, and I wanted a challenge, and I certainly was not disappointed in the least. Stevens is a perfect example of a Modernist poet who wrote about the world in an intellectual, impersonal, and objective manner. His vocabulary was tremendous, his attention to even the slightest detail was incredibly precise, and

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