POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

In remembrance of the countless sacrifices made in defense of democracy and freedom, which are being challenged all around the world, here is a poem by a British poet that gets to the heart of the matter. Though recorded in one of my journals, I neglected to note the author’s name. THE RETURN His land … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER

This month’s writer’s quote comes from horror writer Stephen King, who needs no introduction. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but must finish in the reader’s.” “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, … Continue reading

ON DYLAN THOMAS’ BIRTHDAY

In honor of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ birth in Swansea, Wales, October 27, 1914, I’m posting here a winsome anecdote I read many years ago in a Welsh guidebook. I regret that I no longer have the name of that book. If the story is apocryphal, I apologize. It does read like Thomas’ … Continue reading

HENRY BESTON’S THE OUTERMOST HOUSE

Continuing with my research for a WIP, I’ve just finished Henry Beston’s The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod.  Henry Beston Sheahan (1888-1968) was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. Author, English teacher and war correspondent, he is best known for his Cape Cod memoir. Affected by his World War … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR OCTOBER – NEIL YOUNG

This month’s writer’s quote comes from the great Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, director and screenwriter, Neil Young, as quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. “When you start writing don’t let other things bother you. Just keep going . . . . You have to be open. If you’re paying too much attention, you’re not open. I just want … Continue reading

U2 in Phoenix

An amazing U2 concert Tuesday night, September 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with few changes in the before and after Joshua Tree set-list from my Pasadena show back in May. Bad, always a high-point of any U2 show, came in the first segment in Phoenix in place of A Sort of … Continue reading

Autumn Approaching

As fall comes on here at the cottage in Southern Ontario, we are seeing more and more geese gathering in preparation for their migration south. In honor of both these birds and the season, here’s a moving poem by the Vietnamese poet, N’Guyen-Khac-Hieu, taken from the outstanding film Winged Migration. “In our next lives, we’ll remember … Continue reading

Alfred Kazin’s A WALKER IN THE CITY

I’ve just finished reading Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in  the City,  as part of my research for a WIP. Kazin (1915-1998) was an Anerucab writer and critic whose work often depicted the American immigrant experience in the early 20th Century. The son  of Jewish immigrants, he was born and raised in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn. In … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR SEPTEMBER

Our writer’s quote for September comes from the American writer Henry Valentine Miller (1891-1980). These writing quotes are all taken from his book Reflections on Writing. “I had to lay one brick on  another, set millions of words to paper, before one real, authentic word dragged up from my own guts.” “The artist expresses himself … Continue reading

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