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“God the Eater” by Stevie Smith

By On April 18, 2018

"On gray days when most modern poetry seems one dull colorless voice speaking through a hundred rival styles, one turns to Stevie Smith and enjoys her unique and cheerfully gruesome voice. She… Read More

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Top Five Horror Franchises that Went to Space

By On April 16, 2018

When Star Trek’s visionary creator Gene Roddenberry gave us the immortal phrase “Space . . . the final frontier,” he was probably hoping to encapsulate the hopes and dreams of mankind in… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Writes about Books in the Wall Street Journal

By On April 16, 2018

I had a chance to review three new books about books for the Spring books insert at the Wall Street Journal. Check it out.… Read More

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“Mag” by Carl Sandburg

By On April 16, 2018

"Sandburg continually touches us by his power to be aware of fugitive circumstances that betray deep truth." - Mark Van Doren… Read More

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“Resignation” by J.D. McClatchy

By On April 11, 2018

“There are very few poets writing today who, poem by poem, move me from admiration to admiration, and always with renewed and novel delight. There is no poet writing whose intelligence, dexterity,… Read More

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Top Five Best Trump Impressions

By On April 10, 2018

Let’s face it. Trump is a caricature of himself. Nevertheless, comedians and actors are having a lot of fun doing impressions of him. Here are the five best I’ve seen.… Read More

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“In Praise of Diversity” by Phyllis McGinley

By On April 9, 2018

"I start a sentence : 'The poetry of Phyllis McGinley is...,' and there I stick, for all I wish to say is '...is the poetry of Phyllis McGinley'" - W.H. Auden … Read More

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“Summer Elegy” by David Livewell

By On April 5, 2018

David Livewell grew up in Philadelphia and won the 2012 T.S. Eliot Award for Poetry for Shackamaxon (Truman State University Press). He is now at work on a second collection.… Read More

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AoYotGE for National Poetry Month at the Cambridge Public Library

By On April 5, 2018

I was pleased to learn that my books were on display at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts for National Poetry Month. I asked librarian Daniel Wuenschel to send a photograph, but by… Read More

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“Celle Qui Fut Heaulmiette” by Wallace Stevens

By On April 2, 2018

“After the reader has admired certain lines because Shakespeare might have written them, he begins to admire them because only Stevens could.” - Robert Fitzgerald … Read More

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“Easter Communion” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

By On April 1, 2018

"Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his ‘creative violence’ and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian. His verse is wrought from the… Read More

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“After Glynn Williams’ The Flowering of the English Baroque” by James Brookes

By On March 29, 2018

James Brookes was born in 1986 and grew up in Sussex. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2009, and his pamphlet The English Sweats was published… Read More

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Top Five Phobias of World Leaders

By On March 28, 2018

A lot of world leaders have a secret—or not so secret—phobia. Here are the top five!… Read More

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“The Donkey” by G.K. Chesterton

By On March 25, 2018

"In his obituary, T. S. Eliot alluded to GKC’s capacity for 'first-rate journalistic balladry,' and this high praise I think almost insufficient, because it understates his magic faculty of being unforgettable." -… Read More

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“Ring The Bells Backward: Give Up The Gun” by Ray Bradbury

By On March 24, 2018

"The poems in I Live By The Invisible: New & Selected Poems from the unquenchable Bradbury all have his evergreen touch- accessible, humorous, quietly emotional... Bradbury fans, Hibernophiles, general readers, even some… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Daniel Kalder’s The Infernal Library for the Washington Post

By On March 23, 2018

Of all the genres one might imagine, dictator literature, books written by or on behalf of despots, must be among the most curious and troubling. I review Daniel Kalder's book The Infernal Library:… Read More

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“Scenes from a Storm: Valentine’s Day, 2018” by Olga Dugan

By On March 20, 2018

Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet. Her award-winning poems appear or are forthcoming in Virga, The Sunlight Press, Origins, The Peacock Journal, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Kweli, The Southern Quarterly, The Red… Read More

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Hear and Watch Ernest Hilbert’s “Nights of 1998” Set to Music by Christopher LaRosa

By On March 20, 2018

You can now hear and watch "Nights of 1998" on a live stream here by clicking on "New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay director."… Read More

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“Glengormley” by Derek Mahon

By On March 17, 2018

"Mahon’s is a poetry that represents a decisive adaptation of Auden and MacNeice, Mahon’s two acknowledged masters...It may well in the end form an oeuvre fit to stand beside theirs in literary… Read More

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“The Aphrodisiac” by Medbh McGuckian

By On March 16, 2018

"Her language is like the inner lining of consciousness, the inner lining of English itself, and it moves amphibiously between the dreamlife and her actual domestic and historical experience as a woman… Read More

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“Science Fiction” by Kingsley Amis

By On March 13, 2018

"He is an intelligent poet and critic, an effective journalist and a straightforward, honest writer of fiction which is both entertaining and firmly committed to traditional moral values.” - R.G.G. Price… Read More

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B-List Trump Facts from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury

By On March 12, 2018

A few months ago, the book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, an expose of the Trump White House behind the scenes, got a lot of publicity. A few key dishy points… Read More

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Top Five Creepy Things Noticed While Rewatching Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors

By On March 10, 2018

Watching old Woody Allen movies can sometimes be a treasure trove of unpleasant observations about the way Woody Allen thinks, particularly given what we’ve subsequently learned about his private life in the… Read More

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“The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish” by Eavan Boland

By On March 7, 2018

"Boland pursues an important, feminist revision of the history-making so often praised or inherited by MacNeice and Heaney. Not so much outside of history as counter to it, or in the process… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews John Y. Cole’s New History of the Library of Congress in the Washington Post

By On March 4, 2018

My review of a new history of the Library of Congress appears in today's Sunday Washington Post. Check it out. I notice they altered my bio slightly to  make me a "dealer… Read More

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The Top Five Times Disney Tripped Balls

By On February 28, 2018

In the Golden Age of Disney films, the style veered towards relatively realistic and extremely wholesome—no sex, drugs, or wild music. But every once in awhile, It would get trippy like the… Read More

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“What’s Left of Apollo” by Jan Schreiber, adapted from R. M. Rilke

By On February 28, 2018

Jan Schreiber was born in 1941 and grew up in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. He received his BA at Stanford University, his MA at the University of Toronto, and his PhD in English… Read More

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“Peace” by Michael Longley

By On February 28, 2018

"Longley is not only a lyric poet of the first rank, but a clear-sighted observer who knows the real world when he sees it, even as he knows that it cannot be… Read More

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Monday Poets at the Free Library Featuring Catherine Staples and Ernest Hilbert

By On February 20, 2018

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103… Read More

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“Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove

By On February 14, 2018

"Ms. Dove’s poems have earthiness, originality, power and range. Despair and loss are among her central themes, but so is the hunt for bedrock human pleasures.” - Dwight Garner, New York Times… Read More