“Pills” by Eliza Callard

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Eliza Callard spends most of her time reading, writing, and trying to keep pace with her cystic fibrosis. She lives in the house she was born into with her wife and family and can’t get enough of her hometown, Philly. Her website is elizacallard.com.

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Ernest Hilbert’s Poem “Kite” Set to Music by Composer Christopher LaRosa

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Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Kite” was set to music by Christopher LaRosa for a commission by cellist Sara Wilkins. The result is a beautifully unsettling short work scored for soprano and cello. It received its first performance on March 22nd, 2016 at the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana by cellist Will Rowe and soprano Rachel Mikol, and will be performed again in April 2016 at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts School of Music.

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The Audubon Dream, a Short Opera by Karen E. Peace with Libretto by Ernest Hilbert’s Student Laura Stuckey

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One of my former Art of the Opera Libretto students, Laura Stuckey, developed the one act libretto written for my course into a short opera with composer Karen Peace called The Audubon Dream. The libretto is a moving account of Lucy Audubon’s struggles after the death of her husband, John James Audubon, the naturalist famous for his Birds of America. Stuckey drew from Lucy Audubon’s letters as well as historical accounts of the marriage to craft a touching, intelligent, and compelling libretto for the opera. I am enormously pleased by her accomplishment. Hers is the first in an ongoing series of opera workshops based on libretti written in my Art of the Opera Libretto course. This summer, I am proud to introduce another. Susan Spear’s libretto for The Price of Pomegranates, set among the Afghan immigrant community in Los Angeles, is a modern retelling of the biblical story of Ruth. More will follow!

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Excerpt from “Wiped Out” by James Matthew Wilson

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James Matthew Wilson is the author of Four Verse Letters (Steubenville UP, 2010), a chapbook of poems, and Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, 2012). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Modern Age, First Things, The Dark Horse, Chronicles, Measure, The American Conservative, Front Porch Republic, and The Raintown Review. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he teaches as Assistant Professor of Humanities and Augustine Traditions at Villanova University and lives in the village of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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“Time is a Horse” by Christine Gelineau

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Christine Gelineau is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently Crave (NYQ Books, 2016), which has just been released. Her poetic sequence Appetite for the Divine was the Editor’s Choice for the Robert McGovern Prize and was published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2010. Her first full-length collection Remorseless Loyalty won the Richard Snyder Prize, also from Ashland Poetry Press (2006). She is also the author of two chapbooks from FootHills Publishing: North American Song Line (2001) and In the Greenwood World (2006).

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Even More Top 25 interesting Wikipedia Pages

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“Once by the Pacific” by Robert Frost

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“I have to say that my Frost is not the Frost I seem to perceive existing in the minds of so many of his admirers. He is not the Frost who confounds the characteristically modern practice of poetry by his notable democratic simplicity of utterance: on the contrary. He is not the Frost who controverts the bitter modern astonishment at the nature of human life: the opposite is so. He is not the Frost who reassures us by his affirmation of old virtues, simplicities, and ways of feeling: anything but….I think of Robert Frost as a terrifying poet. Call him, if it makes things any easier, a tragic poet, but it might be useful every now and then to come out from under the shelter of that literary word. The universe that he conceives of is a terrifying universe.” – Lionel Trilling

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“Visible Spectrum” by Ernest Hilbert

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“There are books of poetry that, if only readers could be induced to pick them up, might change their minds for good about the supposed incomprehensibility, preciousness, and irrelevance of modern poetry. Ernest Hilbert’s new collection, Caligulan, belongs to that rare class. After his beautifully rendered Sixty Sonnets and the eloquent All of You on the Good Earth comes this richly wrought new collection. Hilbert is a classicist in the finest sense of the term: he has a firm grip on the formal orders that have dominated the great tradition of Anglophone verse from the skalds of Beowulf and the Pearl Poet to the tight gems of darkness of Thomas Hardy, and he uses them to write poems that ring with very contemporary truths. A skillful artificer of forms of verse that have sometimes gone wanting or are unjustifiably neglected or despised after the earthquakes of modernism, he is afraid of neither tight meter nor demanding rhymes: he proves there is nothing whatsoever anachronistic about well-tooled verse; the rage of authenticity can speak as sharply in a sonnet as in a calligramme.” – Christopher Bernard

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“Neil deGrasse Tyson” by Christopher Bullard

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Chris Bullard is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He lives in Collingswood, NJ. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Kattywompus Press published his third chapbook, Dear Leatherface, in January of 2014. WordTech Editions published his second full-length book, Grand Canyon, in 2015. His work has appeared in Rattle, River Styx, Pleiades, Green Mountains Review and other literary reviews.

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“I-89 STOWE/WATERBURY (Exit 10: Route 100)” by Neil Shepard

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Neil Shepard’s sixth book of poetry, Hominid Up, was published by Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in January 2015. His seventh book, Vermont Exit Ramps II, a full collection of poems and photographs, was published by Green Writers Press (Vermont) in October 2015. His five previous books include a chapbook and four full collections of poetry: (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List Press, 2011), This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006), I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998), and Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993). His poems appear online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets), as well as in several hundred literary magazines. He teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University (PA) and is the Founding Editor of the literary magazine Green Mountains Review.

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Favorite Movies of the Top Five Presidential Candidates

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Enjoy this one now. Someone’s bound to drop out soon!

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“Verses upon the Burning of our House” by Anne Bradstreet

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“She is a holy seductress, our grandmother of American literature. She is our reluctant revolutionary, passionate pilgrim, tenth muse; and above all–our first published poet.” – Annabelle Moseley

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“Spenser’s Ireland” by Marianne Moore

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“The Irish-American response to its Irish heritage has long been an intense, and at times bellicose, pride in Ireland’s capacity not only to endure but to impose significant aspects of its highly sophisticated culture on America’s eclectic society, mixed, paradoxically, with a quiet bewilderment at the unwillingness of the Irish to accept the kinds of pragmatic compromises that have characterized American history. Complicating most attempts at defining the ambivalence in this attitude is the recognition that, in America, much of the Irish mystique arises from a popular identification of the race with a trait that is variously praised as perseverance and damned as intransigence. Perhaps the most subtle and articulate statement of Irish-America’s perception of itself and its ambivalence occurs in Marianne Moore’s ‘Spenser’s Ireland,’ a meditation on Ireland and the Irish and on their influence upon a person who shares with them only the most tenuous of cultural and biological bonds.” – Maurice J. O’Sullivan, Jr.

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“Dick’s Island” by David Sanders

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David Sanders is the general editor of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and the founding editor of Poetry News in Review. His poems and translation have appeared in numerous journals and magazine. “Dick’s Island” is from his 2016 volume of poems, Compass & Clock.

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“Phil Kills the Neighbor’s Dog on Easter Sunday” by Kevin Cutrer

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Kevin Cutrer was born in the American South, has lived in South America, and now resides in the southernmost neighborhood of Boston. His first poetry collection, Lord’s Own Anointed, was published in 2015 by Dos Madres Press. His run-ins with higher education have occurred at Southeastern Louisiana University and Emerson College. The Hudson Review, The Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, and many other journals have published his poems, and he has been a featured reader for the reading series Mr. Hip Presents, U35, and Carmine Street Metrics. He shares news about his work, and work that interests him, at kevincutrer.com

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Top Five Remasculinization Movies

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By coincidence, I saw five movies over a short time recently, and, yes, you may not be surprised to know that I noticed a trend. The movies on today’s list feature a male protagonist who has suffered some kind of injury to aspects of his traditional, masculine roles—as breadwinner, husband, head of the family, defender of the home, and/or father. The movies also usually have a significant class issue, with the disempowered man unable to afford to take care of a child, or he’s lost his child’s love or romantic partner’s love due to not having enough money to compete with Mr. Moneybags 1% who can buy anything he wants to please women and children. But then what these films also share in common is that they’re action flicks that subsume these socio-economic, political, and gender tensions under a roundhouse kick mixed with a semi-automatic, because nothing is a match for our hero, provided the battle is with terrorists or natural phenomena.

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Excerpt from “Wiped Out” by James Matthew Wilson

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James Matthew Wilson is the author of Four Verse Letters (Steubenville UP, 2010), a chapbook of poems, and Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, 2012). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Modern Age, First Things, The Dark Horse, Chronicles, Measure, The American Conservative, Front Porch Republic, and The Raintown Review. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he teaches as Assistant Professor of Humanities and Augustine Traditions at Villanova University and lives in the village of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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Desk Copies of Ernest Hilbert’s Caligulan are Available for University Professors and Instructors

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If you teach a course in contemporary American poetry and you’d like to try something new, consider requesting a desk copy of my latest book, Caligulan, from Measure Press.

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“Red Wand” by Sandra Simonds

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Sandra Simonds is the author of Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Press, 2012). She teaches at Thomas University and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Bethany’s Top Five Donald Trump Epithets

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An epithet is an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. It is usually a term of abuse, as in “dirty” old man. Here are some of the more biting epithets given to the current Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

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“The Drinker” by Robert Lowell

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“The subjects of these poems will eventually become extinct, like all other natural species devoured by time, but the indelible mark of their impression on a single sensibility will remain, in Lowell’s votive sculpture, bronzed to imperishability.” – Helen Vendler

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Top Five Recent Movie Trailers That Use Formerly Cheerful Music in a Slow Minor Key for Effect

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Hollywood doesn’t do anything except in herds. Once one new style starts to take off, it is copied endlessly. Even in development, ideas, if you can call them such, motifs, really, are swapped, stolen, and seized so that suddenly ten movies using the same approach appear in a single season. Here’s one of the latest crazes.

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Janelle Reyes Reads Ernest Hilbert’s “Domestic Situation” from Sixty Sonnets

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Janelle Reyes from Capital Christian High School performs “Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert at Poetry Out Loud 2016.

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Excerpt from “Wiped Out” by James Matthew Wilson

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James Matthew Wilson is the author of Four Verse Letters (Steubenville UP, 2010), a chapbook of poems, and Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, 2012). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Modern Age, First Things, The Dark Horse, Chronicles, Measure, The American Conservative, Front Porch Republic, and The Raintown Review. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he teaches as Assistant Professor of Humanities and Augustine Traditions at Villanova University and lives in the village of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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“Kingdom Come” by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

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Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the award-winning author of two books of poetry, The Ground and Heaven, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, as well as the acclaimed collection of literary essays When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and a translation, from the Catalan, of Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. Also a prodigious sportswriter, Rowan writes a weekly basketball column for The Paris Review. Phillips has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and Stony Brook University. He is also a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.

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“Death Under Glass” by Weldon Kees

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“Others have called themselves Apocalyptics; Kees lived in a permanent and hopeless apocalypse.” – Kenneth Rexroth

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“The Philosopher” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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“America has two great attractions: the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay.” – Thomas Hardy

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“Consider this and in our time” by W.H. Auden

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“Auden was the first poet writing in English who felt at home in the twentieth century. He welcomed into his poetry all the disordered conditions of his time, all its variety of language and event.” – Edward Mendelson

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Ernest Hilbert Recent Publications and Other News February and March 2016

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A quick update on some recent activity in the realms of poetry and opera for the edification of those who do not follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Top Five Secret Service Code Names for the 2016 US Presidential Race

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The secret service picks secret code names to use to refer to politicians and presidential candidates (this is a topic we’ve covered before). Technically speaking, the​ names are​​ supposed to be assigned randomly, but code names for family members are supposed to be​ similar (thus the four members of the Obama family are Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance, and Rosebud). Sometimes they seem almost to have hidden significance. For example, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush had the codenames Tumbler and Tripper, back when their dad was the vice president and W. had a drinking problem. When W. became president, he had his name changed to Trailblazer. So, some of the presidential candidates have already been given secret service names. Wonder what those entirely randomly chosen names are? Happy to oblige.

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