National Poetry Month 2018

Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. In case you didn’t know, April was National Poetry Month in the States. This year, same as last, I decided to celebrate by posting a different poem every day on Twitter. My post collecting all of last year’s poems got a great response, so here I am again withContinue reading “National Poetry Month 2018”

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Bookish Links — February 2018

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard went on a trek through Russia to pay homage to classic Russian authors and to collect stories from the locals. The resulting essay is quite fascinating. “We are not aiming for anything beyond the excitement of content and craft. The rest is logistics”: Naveen Kishore, the founder of Seagull Books,Continue reading “Bookish Links — February 2018”

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Bookish Links — September 2017

Here, classicist and translator Mary Beard answers that fool from The Guardian who thinks that learning foreign languages is useless. In honor of John Ashbery’s recent passing, Andrew Epstein from Locus Solus posted this about the time Ashbery sat for one of Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests.” While we’re talking about Ashbery, here’s an article fromContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2017”

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Six Poets Who Actually Give Good Readings

There’s a long-standing stereotype in the poetry world that says that poets always give terrible readings of their own work. And while this generalization does bear out for some poets (looking at you, Eliot), this is by no means the rule for all. On the contrary, I’ve found quite a few poets who not onlyContinue reading “Six Poets Who Actually Give Good Readings”

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Bookish Links — May 2016

For the past few weeks, The Oddest Inkling has hosted a guest post for each poem in Charles Williams’s 1938 collection Taliessin through Logres. In case you missed them, here’s the whole list of posts. Speaking of Arthurian literature, here’s a great post by David Russell Mosley on why the King Arthur legends have beenContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2016”

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Bookish Links — April 2016

Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too. From Ciera Horton, here’sContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2016”

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100 Facts about Charles Williams

Last week, the first full-length biography of novelist, poet, and Inkling Charles Williams sprung on the literary world (in Great Britain; the US release date is scheduled for December 29). Leading up to the book’s release, its author Grevel Lindop tweeted a fact about Charles Williams every day for 100 days. Because I know aContinue reading “100 Facts about Charles Williams”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Well, I’m not interested in YA,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer”

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Bookish Links — June 2015

How the greatest poet of the twentieth century saved The Lord of the Rings from oblivion. Here, Dwight Longenecker of The Imaginative Conservative tells us all about the friendship between Edith Sitwell and (of all people) Marilyn Monroe. Did you know that the Marion E. Wade Center (Mecca for Inklings nerds) has a blog onContinue reading “Bookish Links — June 2015”

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The “Eminently Combustible” Mister Williams

Because C. S. Lewis is too mainstream . . . . Most book geeks are well-acquainted with the name of The Inklings, the Oxford-based writers’ club founded by C. S. Lewis and attended by J. R. R. Tolkien which served as a crucible for some of the twentieth century’s greatest works of fantasy literature. ThroughoutContinue reading “The “Eminently Combustible” Mister Williams”

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Bookish Links — April 2015

On Good Friday, the online magazine Mockingbird posted this excerpt from W. H. Auden’s A Certain World, illustrating part of the reason why I love him. 🙂 Speaking of poets, Harvard’s online library has a large collection of recordings featuring famous poets reading their work and the works of others. Even I was able toContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2015”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors

Today, I am participating in the “Top Ten Tuesday” meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors,” and since I love bragging on my favorite authors, I decided to avail myself of this opportunity to do just that. (Keep in mind that these authors areContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors”

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