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“But then begins a journey in my head”: Shakespeare’s Haunting Poetry of Sleeplessness

Following a day of rest after weeks of weary toil, I did not hasten to my bed last evening. I had succeeded in finding repose over the weekend–a discovery that had been dear these last few weeks. Nighttime sleeplessness of … Continue reading

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My Foolish Wisdom about Don Quixote, Urban Tuxedo Cat, and Edith Grossman’s Excellent Translation, with a Note from Harold Bloom Beyond the Grave

I have finally completed Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’ The Ingenious Gentleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha. It is my first time completing this classic of Western literature, except for all of those other times I’ve read it. As I have … Continue reading

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A Note on “Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables” by Julie A. Sellers

Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Julie A. Sellers My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is more than just a chapbook of verse–as happy as I am that Blue Cedar Press is committed to publishing … Continue reading

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Splendour in the Dark: C. S. Lewis’s Dymer in His Life and Work by Jerry Root (Hansen Lecture)

Splendour in the Dark: C. S. Lewis’s Dymer in His Life and Work by Jerry Root My rating: 4 of 5 stars I keep finding myself drawn to C.S. Lewis’ strange and challenging long narrative poem, Dymer. Written in the … Continue reading

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“The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery” and the Critical Virtue and Vice of Editors

One of the earlier biographers of C.S. Lewis, Chad Walsh once said that although Lewis was not a poet of greatness, he was (and remains) an interesting poet. This observation is relevant for many of the early-to-mid-20th century authors I … Continue reading

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A Very Merry MaudCast, and Fireside Poetry for Winter Solstice

I must admit that this calendar year, 2020, is one upon which I will be pleased to turn the calendar. Among many of the terrible, terrible events of 2020–events that sound more like the Apocalypse or a Creedance Clearwater Revival … Continue reading

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Bethlehem as the Hingepoint of History: C.S. Lewis’ Christmas Revolution Poem

It is difficult to see this poem in the Christmases that most of us are subjected to. I think that’s why C.S. Lewis became a bit of a Christmas curmudgeon in his latter days. But in the midst of his … Continue reading

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L.M. Montgomery’s The Watchman and Other Poems, a Review

The Watchman and Other Poems by L.M. Montgomery My rating: 3 of 5 stars I once heard a speech by Chad Walsh where he described C.S. Lewis as not a “great poet” but an “interesting poet.” I think this description … Continue reading

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Can Cod-liver Oil Cure Us of Poetry? A Thought on the Uselessness of Poets in Today’s Economy from L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valley

It was probably unfair that I had this much fun in a government meeting, but it is even more unfair that the fun came at another’s expense. It is no secret that North American state, provincial, and federal governments view … Continue reading

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“The Rood of Time,” a Poem by Sørina Higgins

For the last couple of years, I have been reading women Christian poets. As my devotional poetry has been so soaked in the work of John Donne and George Herbert, some of this is my curiosity about how women approach … Continue reading

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