On the Music of Verse

I can neither sing, nor play a musical instrument.  I am devoid of musical talent, just like the rest of my family.  Now, it is true that my mother could play the piano, although since she was completely tone deaf, I'm not sure that counts.   My sister briefly imagined that she could play the […]

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On Creating Art

In 1980, after my divorce, I decided to study creative writing for the first time, and I took an excellent course through UCLA Extension.  I enjoyed the class, but I was nervous about one of its main requirements: that you submit a 5000+ word story to the rest of the class for their critique.  I […]

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Reversing the Digits

I remember distinctly the day I turned 53.   For some reason, I still felt young at 52, but 53 somehow seemed the start of middle age.    I decided, just for that day, to reverse the digits and be 35 again.   It was a lovely age, and I enjoyed my birthday thoroughly. Today […]

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Variation On a Children's Poem

Some time ago, I wrote my first post on the concept of poetic variations.  The following is a variation on a famous children's poem from two hundred years ago. Variation on the Spider to the Fly "Won't you come into my parlor?", said the spider to the fly. "I have practiced misdirection, and on you […]

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Poems inspired by Songs - 1 Little Alfy

In an earlier post (here), I said that I was going  to post, at some point,  some of the verses I wrote that were inspired by popular songwriters.  This first one (I think it's obvious, but I'll say it anyway) was inspired by the Beatles. Little Alfy Little Alfy, my boy, went down, don't you […]

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Parody

A parody is an imitation of a serious work of art for comic effect.   In general, I avoid true parodies; when I imitate a poet as, for example, here, I usually have some other purpose than simply making fun.   In 1967, however, I did write a parody of Edward Fitzgerald's  most famous quatrain from […]

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Playing with Meter 1: The Anapest

In my first book for children, "A is for Arnyx: An Alphabet in Verse," I set out to write a book of children's poetry, that would not only be fun to read aloud, but which would allow me to experiment with meter and verse forms, a long-time interest if mine. From time to time on this […]

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I Had a Thought

Today is Light Verse Thursday, and I'm giving myself permission to post an exceptionally silly verse: I Had a Thought (1967) I had a thought the other day, While falling down the stair. "I'll shortly land, quite hard I fear, I guess I'd best prepare." And then I thought:"Suppose I say I quite refuse to […]

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The Farmlands Group

When Pat and I first came to Sonoma County in 1984, she was already a committed activist, and I guess I was as well.   We were certainly looking for ways to get involved in our new community. One of the first issues we tackled was farmlands preservation.  In the 70's, two Sonoma County Supervisors, Chuck […]

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The Agnostic's Prayer - 1965

I am the product of a mixed marriage - my father was a committed Agnostic, and my mother was a Social Christian; that is to say, she believed you should go to church because you were expected to go to church. My maternal grandmother, a Christian Scientist, gave me my own copy of the King […]

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"for 'twere absurd to think that nature in the earth bred gold, perfect in the instant;
there must be remote matter." - Ben Jonson
"I don't know what the question is, but art is the answer." - Guy Conner

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