Sonnet #2016, for North Carolina

Sonnet #2016 If Shakespeare saw beyond the mask of death Sir Walter’s face stamped on this legal tryst, I think he’d turn to Richard, to Macbeth, to see what strain of tyranny he’d missed. He could not understand the roots of power so well as all the teachers have portrayed yet be so speechless onContinue reading “Sonnet #2016, for North Carolina”

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Siri Doesn’t Get Word Nerds

This is such a perfect example of my life: Setting: home; the evening after (yet another) dentist visit Characters: two lovers of the English language Siri doesn’t get word nerds. Interrobangs are awesome. … Ten minutes later: victory to the craving. All in a day’s work.

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize!

From vox poetica: 12.05.14 Posted in today’s words by Annmarie Lockhart It never gets easier, but it still makes me happy! I’m pleased to announce this year’s vox poetica nominations for the Pushcart Prize: Burning a Hole in Daylight by Harry Calhoun Holding On by Jeanette Cheezum Moon by Neil Ellman Saying please by Susan Sweetland GarayContinue reading “Nominated for the Pushcart Prize!”

Gabaldon’s Fifty Shades of Red

While movie sequels sustain the box office, so too, book series are at the forefront of the latest crazes: from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, Twilight to Divergent. Let’s face facts: we like to binge (*cough* House of Cards). I am no exception. Despite reservations, I picked up Diana Gabaldon’s novel Outlander a fewContinue reading “Gabaldon’s Fifty Shades of Red”

Review: Luka and the Fire of Life

Luka and the Fire of Life: a Novel by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 2010) Remember what happened when David Lynch and William Blake went out for tea? Well, now imagine that Salman Rushdie emceed a brunch-time conversation between Neil Gaiman, Norton Juster, Lewis Carroll, and Paulo Coelho. The result would be Rushdie’s Luka and theContinue reading “Review: Luka and the Fire of Life”

The Happiest Little Introvert’s Night on the Town: A Child’s Book for Adults

The Happiest Little Introvert woke up in time for tea, then ambled through the kitchen singing, “There’s no one but me!”   The Happiest Little Introvert stopped dead and gave a hoot: she’d reached a well-thought-out retort for last week’s lost dispute.   Two hours hence, our Introvert sat digging through her clutches. The goldContinue reading “The Happiest Little Introvert’s Night on the Town: A Child’s Book for Adults”

Book-friendly Adventures

Moving to a new city solo can be an intimidating experience. If you’re like me, you might be too impatient to wait for friendships to develop before venturing out to see all that the new city has to offer. In light of that experience, I’ve realized that bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and other gathering placesContinue reading “Book-friendly Adventures”

April Poetry Dare, 2014 wrap-up

This April, in honor of National Poetry Month, I accepted a poetry dare from TweetSpeakPoetry: to read a poem every day of the month and share it with my friends. I opted for the challenge of reading a single poet per week, mingling historical and contemporary poets. Here’s a day-by-day list of what I read.Continue reading “April Poetry Dare, 2014 wrap-up”

April Poetry Dare – Week 4

This April, in honor of National Poetry Month, I accepted a poetry dare from TweetSpeakPoetry: to read a poem every day of the month and share it with my friends. I opted for the challenge of reading a single poet per week, alternating between historical and contemporary poets. Here’s a day-by-day list of what IContinue reading “April Poetry Dare – Week 4”

April Poetry Dare – Week 3

This April, in honor of National Poetry Month, I accepted a poetry dare from TweetSpeakPoetry: to read a poem every day of the month and share it with my friends. I opted for the challenge of reading a single poet per week, alternating between historical and contemporary poets. Here’s a day-by-day list of what IContinue reading “April Poetry Dare – Week 3”