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Robert Frost's 'Design' and 'The Rule of the Shorter Term'

After publishing Charlotte Gann’s book, Noir, I’ve started to think of noir poems as a genre — poems with shadows; poems that set up the dark/light opposition. Poems that expose.

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Guest — Davina Prince
An interesting poem and thank you for introducing it - and taking me back to Frost. I looked it up it in his Collected (my prefe... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 10:58
Guest — Charlotte Gann
I love this, and I think it does all hinge (for me) on the 'desperate plea': 'What had that flower to do with being white'. That ... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 13:04
Marcia Menter
Oh Star (the fairest one in sight), We grant your loftiness the right To some obscurity of cloud-- It will not do to say of night,... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 14:47
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TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALONS

Yes, it’s TALENT. I know.

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Guest — Antony Mair
A nice riff, but in some ways the Eliot essay is a red herring. The word "talent" only appears in the heading, and it would proba... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 11:32
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thanks Antony -- I am fond of herrings, the redder the better. It is not a new situation to feel more people are writing than read... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:34
Guest — Antony Mair
Shortly after your response, I came across John Heath-Stubbs' poem "The Frog and the Nightingale", which seems apposite - Hearing... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:39
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CAN POETRY BE TOO OBSCURE?

Sometimes, obscurity exercises its own spell. It’s the bit you don’t understand that does the trick.

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Guest — MorganleFay
Hello, I am an English Literature student working on this poem as my term assignment, and while going through the internet (as wel... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 20:40
Guest — Fiona Sinclair
Also Keith Richards wrote a version.
Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:20
Guest — Nell
Hi MorganleFay (great name) I have never heard of 'fragrant zone' for private parts. It sounds somehow terribly contemporary. To ... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 22:00
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