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…

Rufus Wainwright Sings Sonnet 20, Happy Birthday to the Bard

Not only is it St. George’s Day today, and the night before Poem-in-your Pocket Day, but it is also the birthday of William Shakespeare. Well, it may not be the exact day, but it’s pretty close since he was apparently baptized on the 2 6th of April. Willy would be 450 years old today, but…

Saturday Song, Fiona Apple Makes it New with “Hot Knife.”

I was reading a great article recently about the myriad of clichés that we use in our modern-day writing and speech, and how many can be traced back to Shakespeare. This one doesn’t seem to be traced to the bard, but then again I cannot find a source for its first use in English anywhere, despite…

Weird Holiday of the Week

Originally posted on Scott Navicky:
Shakespeare’s Birthdeath Day: Shakespeare died on April 23, supposedly after getting “porter in Macbeth” drunk with his good mates, Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton. No one knows exactly when Shakespeare was born, but he was christened on April 26. As it stands to reason that lil’ Willy was christened three…