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Two by Mark Strand

Two by Mark Strand

I get these poems in my inbox from Knopf, their Poem A Day, as it were. These are two prose poems by Mark Strand, and they’re really good. I particularly enjoy “The Triumph of the Infinite.” They’re both from his Collected Poems. Enjoy (although neither one is very springy!)  ...
Lucky 7: Coydogs, Journeys, and Trimming the Fat

Lucky 7: Coydogs, Journeys, and Trimming the Fat

  This is a story about a story. My seventh story published. It happens to be a very dear story to me, partly because it took so long to travel from inception to print. Heck, it may not even be done on its journey yet. I started writing “Coy Dog”...
Cult of Smiles

Cult of Smiles

I very rarely get to go to places when they are just opening. In fact, I have a predilection for waiting, call it an overdeveloped sense of delayed gratification. I never go to the movie on opening weekend, will wait months to hit a new restaurant, and am ok with...
Soothe the Savage Beast

Soothe the Savage Beast

Little stream of consciousness ride tonight. Hold on tight. At least there’ll be in-flight entertainment. The other night I stumbled across Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” streaming from my Amazon Echo (thanks, Mom and Dad, for inviting SkyNet into my home), which nuzzled my hippocampus, curled up licking my subconscious, and...
Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Welcome, 2017. And hello again, blog of mine. It’s me, Brian. I’ve had some pretty monumental lapses with the old “Sharper Thesis” blog, but a nearly six month silence is hard to justify. Sure I’ve been busy…who hasn’t? Sure I coached a football season from August to October, started a...
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Kissing Again

Kissing Again

What a great poem! I heard it on the Writer’s Almanac and was blown away.     Kissing Again, by Dorianne Laux Kissing again, after a long drought of not kissing—too many kids, bills, windows needing repair. Sex, yes, though squeezed in between the minor depths of anger, despair— standing up amid the laundry or...
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

It’s been a great summer! Trips and relaxing and coaching- all have played a role- but I think the main thing that;s really ignited this summer has been reading. Yup, reading. The thing I do every single day of the year in small doses I have maxed out on this last month and a half....
The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Maya Eilam

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Maya Eilam

Love this infographic! And, for fun, check out the video below of KV speaking about these story shapes. Source: The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Maya Eilam
Going to the Mountain!

Going to the Mountain!

  I’m going to Middlebury! Bread Loaf! I’ve been selected to be a chaperone at the New England Young Writers’ Conference, and I couldn’t be happier. The conference is held over four days on the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont. This, for those of you who don’t know, is the same campus that hosts...
11 North Memory Lane

11 North Memory Lane

Houses live and die: there is a time for building And a time for living and for generation And a time for the wind to break the loosened pane And to shake the wainscot where the field-mouse trots And to shake the tattered arras woven with a silent motto. My wife and I took a...
Structure

Structure

It is day four of vacation. Thursday. It has been rainy, cold, and overall miserable, but, in an effort to cut off any criticism coming at me because I am on vacation, I will say that any vacation is better than no vacation. Or is it? As a teacher, I live my life by a...
The Snow Man

The Snow Man

Ah, January. Waking up this morning to an unexpected snowfall, a squall, really, got me thinking about Wallace Stevens and his poem “The Snow Man.” Stevens was the master of capturing the bleak, the barren, the limitless expanses of our real and emotional lives, and this snowy morning just struck me as really representative of...
Welcome to 2015

Welcome to 2015

Ok, so I’m a little slow on the new year posts. One good thing that comes out of waiting until the 22nd of January is that I get to do away with all of the unnecessary “My Resolution” lists. Instead, I can move ahead and state the things that will unequivocally be in the stars...
Looking for Signs of Life in the Android World

Looking for Signs of Life in the Android World

1. Adopting Hell has not frozen over. It only seems that way. It only seems that Hades has gone under the ice because I have done something so radical, so uncharacteristic of me, so weirdly against my espoused predilections, that people may begin to think that the apocalypse is truly here. But before you begin...
"A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts", or Discovering Stevens All Over Again

“A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts”, or Discovering Stevens All Over Again

Sometimes all I need to have is a moment to sit and write and great things happen. Some things I don’t even anticipate happening can miraculously happen when I’m training, or trying to train, my brain on the act of creation. Today was no different. In my fruitless effort to write a story I managed...