Poetry

“A Song for New Year’s Eve” by William Cullen Bryant

By On December 31, 2016

Happy new year, everyone. … Read More

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“The Music Crept By Us” by Leonard Cohen

By On December 31, 2016

“Leonard Cohen is a narcissist who hates himself.” - Irving Layton … Read More

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Books Read or Reread by Ernest Hilbert in 2016

By On December 28, 2016

One thing I’ve learned about fatherhood is that the number of books one will have time to read in a given year plummets precipitously. Nonetheless, I managed a few.   George Saintsbury,… Read More

Poetry

From “Christmas Oratorio” by W.H. Auden

By On December 28, 2016

Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes— Some have got broken—and carrying them up to the attic.… Read More

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“Skeptic Christmas” by Jules Laforgue (Trans. by Kate Flores)

By On December 22, 2016

"He is an exquisite poet, a deliverer of nations, a father of light," - Ezra Pound… Read More

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“A Christmas Sonnet (For One In Doubt)” by Edwin Arlington Robinson

By On December 22, 2016

From the publisher: Edwin Arlington Robinson's finely crafted, formal rhythms mirror the tension the poet sees between life's immutable circumstances and humanity's often tragic attempts to exert control. At once dramatic and… Read More

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“Save all the Toys for the Little Rich Boys”: “Father Christmas” by The Kinks

By On December 20, 2016

"Father Christmas" was released as a single by The Kinks in 1977. It failed to chart but remains popular at Christmas time. So here we go!… Read More

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“Christmas in Black Rock” by Robert Lowell

By On December 18, 2016

“I do think free will is sewn into everything we do; you can't cross a street, light a cigarette, drop saccharine in your coffee without really doing it. Yet the possible alternatives… Read More

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“Ars Poetica #58” by Alexander Long

By On December 15, 2016

Alexander Long has published four chapbooks, most recently The Widening Spell (Q Avenue Press, 2016) & Lunch with Larry (Q Avenue Press, 2014). Long has also published three full collections of… Read More

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“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” by Wizzard

By On December 12, 2016

Remember when rock was fun and weird? … Read More

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“Fall on your Knees” by Kevin Cutrer

By On December 12, 2016

Kevin Cutrer’s first collection of poems, Lord’s Own Anointed, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2015. More recent work has appeared in Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, and is forthcoming… Read More

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“An honest volume for dishonest times”: Caligulan as Not-Half-Bad Christmas Present

By On December 10, 2016

I'd be remiss if I didn't make at least a small seasonal push for my latest book Caligulan.… Read More

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“Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)” Sung by Nat King Cole

By On December 8, 2016

A true classic. Relax and enjoy! "The Christmas Song" (commonly subtitled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or, as it was originally subtitled, "Merry Christmas to You") is a classic Christmas song… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Donald Hall’s Selected Poems in the Hopkins Review

By On December 7, 2016

"To write something as good as the poems that originally brought you to love the art. It’s the only sensible reason for writing poems,” Donald Hall declared in his early sixties in… Read More

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“Neighborhood Watch” by Dora Malech

By On December 6, 2016

Dora Malech is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems appear in publications that include The New Yorker, Poetry,… Read More

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“Advent is the Season to Save” by G.M. Palmer

By On December 6, 2016

G.M. Palmer lives with his wife and daughters on a poodle farm in North Florida. His writing can be found through www.gmpalmer.com and is on Twitter @gm_palmer… Read More

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Top Five Most Tasteless Holocaust-related Artistic Things

By On December 5, 2016

In America, we tend to be very careful around certain topics . . . like the Holocaust! But that's not true for everyone, certainly outside of the US. Bethany takes us through… Read More

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Top Five Anti-Christmas Christmas Songs

By On December 4, 2016

Christmas has more songs than any other holiday, maybe all the others combined. That means it also has the most songs written against it. Let's have a listen. … Read More

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“Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC

By On December 3, 2016

One of the great Christmas songs!… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert with Dawn Manning and Luke Stromberg at the Pen and Pencil Club

By On December 1, 2016

Since the birth of our son Ian in December, I haven't managed to get out to do very many readings. In fact, I've only managed two, the Hoboken Historical Museum and Colorado… Read More

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Top Five Dystopian Movies that Will Give You an Idea of What is to Come

By On November 28, 2016

Obviously, the world won't turn into these dystopias simply because Trump is president, but they'll give you a taste of the issues we'll be facing with him as president. And speaking of… Read More

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“Rural and Urban Welcome Signs” by Alexandra Kulik

By On November 28, 2016

Alexandra Kulik is a bag of multitudes living in suburban Chicagoland. She spends the better part of her time writing and walking aimlessly with her dog. … Read More

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“Thanksgiving” by Kenneth Koch

By On November 24, 2016

"The funniest serious poet we have." - David Lehman… Read More

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Top Five New Measurements for Judging Beauty

By On November 20, 2016

I think we can all agree that most women are ignorant of the vital importance of being beautiful. Likewise, some key features of a woman’s body may very well avoid public scrutiny… Read More

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“Dream Song 256” by John Berryman

By On November 18, 2016

"With The Dream Songs, published in 1969, the supposed continental divide between the Beats on the West Coast and the academic poets on the East closed. Like Whitman in 'Song of Myself,'… Read More

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“Le Chat” by Charles Baudelaire

By On November 15, 2016

Jan Schreiber has published three previous books of poems: Digressions, Wily Apparitions, and Bell Buoys. He has also published two books of translations, A Stroke upon the Sea and Sketch of a… Read More

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“The Future” by Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016)

By On November 11, 2016

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” - Leonard Cohen… Read More

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“Jane Austen Strolls the Upper Rooms” by Marly Youmans

By On November 11, 2016

Marly Youmans is the author of thirteen books of poetry and fiction. Her recent books of poetry include Thaliad and The Throne of Psyche. Recent novels are Maze of Blood, Glimmerglass, and… Read More

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“Mars Ultor” by Ernest Hilbert

By On November 10, 2016

"Just as the work of the modernists showed that the best free verse usually has something masterfully formal about it, Hilbert’s fine collection might serve to remind us that the best formal… Read More

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“Be Angry At The Sun” by Robinson Jeffers

By On November 8, 2016

"Of all the poets of his generation, [Robinson Jeffers] made our relation to this earth and sea and sky and wheeling seasons and the evolutionary processes that made trees and salmon… Read More