Happy Birthday to Mary Oliver

Oh, yeah, and to me! There’s a poet whose loss I was planning to write about, but then I remembered that I share a birthday with Mary Oliver today. And so instead of thinking about aging and death, I decided that first, it would be a good idea to spend a little time in the…

William Shakespeare Is Now Following You

So this happened. I checked my email to see the following notification: “William Shakespeare is now following you on Twitter!”  Correct me if I am in error, but I think that’s a pretty high-profile follower. Not bad for a poet-blogger who’s been on hiatus for most of National Poetry Month. Eh? If only he didn’t tweet…

Pennsylvania “Working-class Poets” in World Literature Today

I was talking about social media here yesterday, and when I dragged myself from covers to coffee and consciousness late this morning, I was surprised to see how much that post had been shared and tweeted about in the early hours of this Wednesday. To say more would be to engage in the kind of…

Literary Connections, Poetweet and Social Media

WordPress is a funny place. Imagine dropping your notebook, and a few words you jotted down suddenly wind up being published online. Or maybe you accidentally turned in your outline on Chaucer, rather than  your completed essay, but the professor gave you an A anyway. WordPress is a wonderfully weird place. Last night I accidentally…

Trump Fails to Understand Math, Attempts to Incite Revolution

Yes, early on in the voting tonight, the great haired one himself, that patriot, that birther, that idiot Donald Trump decided to get on Twitter and start moaning about how the President won in the electoral vote but lost in the popular vote. Therefore we are not a democracy; the will of the people have…