Saturday, January 09, 2010

Lazy Bastardism: A Notebook

Great essay by poet Carmine Starnino (a name that is new to this reader) at the Poetry Foundation website. Beginning with Italian-Canadian dialect expressions, going on to the poetic aspects of certain Catholic prayers (and the modernistic draining of all poetry therefrom), approbatory mentions of everyone from Cummings to Donne, from Simic to Stallings, and a swipe at the "lazy bastardism" of a recent US poet laureate.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


To tell someone "I love you" is tantamount to telling him or her, "you shall never die."

Gabriel Marcel, quoted by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh in God and Man (Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004), p. 114

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Semi-significant anniversaries

2010 will mark:

-- 20 years since I left college

-- 25 years since my discovery of Dylan Thomas

-- 25 years since The Breakfast Club (mega-popular John Hughes film) and "Apostasy of Love" (one of my weirder poems)

-- 25 years since that Seamus Heaney reading at Boston College, where I got my copies of Field Work and Station Island autographed

-- 30 years since my first day at Boston Latin School

-- 30 years since my first trip, with my parents, to Quebec City

-- 70 years since my dad was born! (Yikes!)

Because I have weekly archives

This is my first post of "2010."

And what a post it is!