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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My First Guest Post

Guest Blogger Guy Conner It's about Climate Change Politics..

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Another French Translation

This is my translation of the famous introduction to the Flowers of Evil, just as I wrote it some twenty years ago.   My goal was to reproduce the rhyme scheme of the original  ( so much easier in French) and to give the English reader a sense of the poet's overripe imagery.   You can judge […]

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A Rock

The following poem was my reaction to the Kent State Shootings in 1970.  It is yet another sonnet ( I seem to have written a lot of them).  If I were writing the poem today, I would make the secret urge line more ambiguous, and I would make the link to Kent State more explicit.  […]

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Sometimes

Hiking has been one of my favorite activities for most of my life, but this is my only poem to use hiking imagery. Sometimes Sometimes, I come upon you from above, My muscles aching from the dusty trail, My throat parched, and my eyes on fire. And just As I begin my slow descent, I […]

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You've Got to Know the Territory

[See my earlier post on polling here] Candidates in down-ticket races have  a problem - they need professional help to run their campaigns, but, unless they are independently wealthy, they usually  can't afford the price of a professional political consultant.  For small cities (in my area of California, we have a number of incorporated cities […]

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Undecided Voters

In an earlier post,  I made the following statement: "Undecided voters are usually much more important to look at than those voters who have made up their minds,...but not always.  It's time to explain what I meant. Undecided voters are usually important, because the assumption is ( and studies have shown this) that once a […]

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Dream Poem 1 - The Word

I've talked on this blog about autobiographical poems, ones that attempt to express the truth about my life; and I've talked about Story poems, ones that seem to be autobiographical, but really aren't.  There is also another category - the dream poem, a poem that came to me, essentially fully written, when I woke up […]

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Two Polls are Better Than One

As I said in my first post on this subject, there  are times when an underfunded local campaign is better off doing two or more simple polls rather than one large, more complicated and more expensive poll.   Sometimes, this is because knowing how a particular message is doing with the electorate over time is extremely […]

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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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