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Happily married to Cindy who has shared and supported my GED2EDD journey. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” ― Charles Dickens as of August 15, 2019 use:

Celebration: A Poem for World Poetry Day

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Today is World Poetry Day.

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) British-born American poet, known for her anti-Vietnam war poems in the 1960s and 1970s, which also included themes of destruction by greed, racism, and sexism. Her later poetry reflects her conversion to Catholicism. No matter the subject, she was always an acute observer, and wrote with a rare combination of economy and grace. Levertov was the author of 24 books of poetry, as well as non-fiction, and she served as poetry editor of The Nation and Mother Jones. She was honored with the Robert Frost Medal in 1990, and the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry in 1993. In 1997, Levertov died from complications of lymphoma at the age of seventy-four.

“Celebration” is one of the last poems she wrote before her death, but it is a poem full of life.


To read Denise Levertov’s poem, Celebration, click: 

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ON THIS DAY: March 20, 2020

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March 20th is

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day *

Alien Abduction Day *

National Ravioli Day

World Sparrow Day *

World Storytelling Day *

UN French Language Day *

World Day of Theatre for Children *

UN International Day of Happiness *

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


MORE! Maud Menten, Amanda Clement and ‘Sister’ Tharpe, click

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Word Cloud: ACTIVIST

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(reposted in honor of Women’s History Month)


Ask two hundred people on the main streets across America to name American women poets — if they came up with anyone, almost certainly it would be Emily Dickinson, and most would stop there, though  a few might know Maya Angelou’s name. Emily Dickinson is certainly one of the Great Names in English-language poetry from any country, but so many other wonderful women poets languish little known or long forgotten.

Women in all branches of the Arts are still playing catch-up with their male counterparts, since opportunities for women outside the narrow world of “Kinder, Küche, und Kirche” (kids, kitchen, and kirk, which is another word for church) were so very rare before the mid-19th century.

Marge Piercy (1936 — ) was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 31st. Her working-class parents were Jewish, and they lived in a…

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TCS: No Magic Any More – Poems for Get Over It Day

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. .Good Morning!  



Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings.
This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning
a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.


Never allow someone to be your priority while
allowing yourself to be their option.

— Mark Twain

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TCS: Poems for Read Across America Day

Flowers For Socrates

. .Good Morning!


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers
on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,
so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in
your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.


The world was a terrible place, cruel, pitiless, dark
as a bad dream. Not a good place to live. Only in books
could you find pity, comfort, happiness – and love.
Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave
you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything
in return; they never went away, never, not even
when you treated them badly.

― Cornelia Funke, from Inkheart 

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Is Joseph R. Teller Teaching Composition All Wrong?

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While provocative in ways I suspect he never intended, Joseph R. Teller’s Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong? proves to be an essay that should, ironically, be significantly revised after conferencing with someone well versed in teaching composition.

Broadly, Teller’s essay makes a common first-year composition mistake by significantly misrepresenting “teaching composition” and then proceeding to attack the misrepresentations. However, late in the piece, Teller wanders into some important conclusions that actually are warranted composition practices—despite his suggesting these are somehow alternatives to endorsed practice.

Teller opens by claiming that “compositionists have been enamored of a pedagogical orthodoxy” he briefly details in three bullet points.

In my first-year seminar, here would be the first area for conferencing and revision: how does the writer justify the condescending “enamored” (it appears Teller has a literaturist’s low opinion of the compositionist lurking underneath the real reason for this essay; maybe a bit of professional distress…

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Richard Avedon’s ‘Into the American West’.


Richard Avedon – Location Portrait work known as ‘Into the American West’.

Richard Avedon began his major photographic career as a fashion photographer for fashion magazine harpers bazaar, after being inspired by his parents influential careers in fashion. He has originally begun shooting identification images for the merchant marines during his two year service.

After Avedon’s marine service he was hired as a staff photographer for Harpers Bazaar, forming a close bond with the art director during his understudy from him at the ‘New School for Social Research in New York City’ after he left the Marines and he began to focus his fashion images on showing the latest fashions in real life situations and settings such as Paris’s cafes and streetcars. Avedon bought a new style to  fashion photography by demanding that in his images the models show emotions and movement whereas before the norm had been for the…

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