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What's In That Cat's Ear?

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Respect for the mighty dead, prevents our quoting instances in which Burns has degraded his natural eloquence by these meretricious ornaments. Oh, amigo George, it was a safe love for you.'' ``Yes,'' I said. ``It was a faithful little vessel. May 18, 2015: "Prophesying to the Breath" by Maryann Corbett "I'm tired of it, this labored breathing. He nourished nothing less ambitious, than an idea of revolutionizing Falstaff by acting the fat knight on a new principle, and he used to enlarge, with all the skilful sophistry his profound acquaintance with the drama could supply, on the points which he would assume differing from those presented by Henderson, to whom, however, he uniformly gave the praise of having presented one of the richest and most glowing portraits which the stage in his time had afforded.

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Tails of Imagination: Ordinary Pets, Extraordinary

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Purists of languages often scrowl at abusio with good reason. I stand in utter shamelessness and say that whatever art I have for writing has been used always for propaganda for gaining the right of black folk to love and enjoy. For all I knew she might have been asleep in mine. Does it convey what you're trying to convey? The quadruple amputee asks the night nurse what time it is. This is what he calls the qinah measure (from qinah, “a lamentation”). Not this time.'' A mist seemed to fall before my eyes.

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How Do Giraffes Take Naps? (Little Golden Book)

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It's you we loudly cheer; You radiate a wondrous spirit, That helps us conquer fear. November 11, 2012: "Firmament" by Sarah Vap "We were touching each other, of course...." In 1843, Poe won a prize of his story The Gold Bug. The sounds used in a poem can effect its meaning and tone. It loosened my grip on my mental processes. The process of assembling a self-published manuscript is more or less the same as the process of assembling a manuscript that's being sent to a publisher.

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The Boy in Number Four

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January 1, 2014: "Tired Blood" by Amaud Jamaul Johnson "Early stage, the old folks would have noticed..." No, there is no longer anything worth any sort of trouble here. Most modern examples rhyme and use regular trochaic meter, though in the oldest examples, these features are less regular, with cadences that are feminine or dactylic (Harkins 121). The other I gave up to the fortunate of this earth. Hyperlinked indexes and anthology search. But the consequence was, that spring found the flock in a weak and emaciated condition, and disposed to throw themselves eagerly upon the fresh and lushy grass, which first appears on the spring-heads and marshes which surround them.

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The Red Pencil

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Submissions go to siddur@poetrysuperhighway.com ) The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. Emilio DeGrazia, a long-time resident of Winona, Minnesota, founded Great River Review, a literary journal, in 1977. However blue your eyes have ever been, They could never be my sky. The forty-five was a remarkable epoch, and called forth remarks and anecdotes without number.

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The Tooth

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Not a very encouraging report.'' ``These flights are well known,'' muttered Mr. When we stopped I could hear his teeth chattering again. And yet---who knows? ``Would you guess what was the next thing I did? Sometimes, repetition can enhance an element of meaning, but at other times it can dilute or dissipate meaning. Love poetry can use imagery, as this romantic poem does in its references to nature. So we always try to do something uplifting and yes, even funny.

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A Visit from the Good Night Fairy

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Spenser uses many Chaucerisms in The Fairie Queene. Schorb’s work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Yale Review, The Chicago Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Scholar, Stand (UK), Agenda (UK), Oxford Poetry (UK), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Sewanee Review, The Notre Dame Review, Shenandoah, The Hudson Review, and many others, here and abroad.

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The Soggy Saga of Samuel Sprat

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I pray the Lord will bless you, Love, With all that’s good from heaven above. A line of poetry that has six metrical feet. This is something I want to get to in another way in Part II, but, for the moment, let me indicate this, that every element in an open poem (the syllable, the line, as well as the image, the sound, the sense) must be taken up as participants in the kinetic of the poem just as solidly as we are accustomed to take what we call the objects of reality; and that these elements are to be seen as creating the tensions of a poem just as totally as do those other objects create what we know as the world.

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Two Hands to Love You

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A particular publication may only seek poems in a certain form (such as villanelle) or poems about a narrow range of subjects. He had a strange air of insolence---or so it seemed to me. October 17, 2013: "Self-Portrait with Quarry" by Elisabeth Murawski "In a nightmare once, I saw you..." It is also the peak of emotional response from a reader or spectator and usually the turning point in the action. Carte Blanche à Angèle Paoli: le mystère Louise Labé. 4 August 2007. But I wanted a woman to manage it for me.

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Joshua's Rabbit

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January 3, 2012 (A 2011 Favorite): "Valentine" by Laurie Lamon "In Manhattan, after wit and spar, after..." But his addiction to absinthe caused one scandal after another. Be it the rise and fall of the Romans, the ennui of the daily rut of diplomatic life, the disgust with courtly sycophancy, they all found eloquent expression in his masterly poems, which du Bellay moulded with prosodic techniques ranging from alliteration and bold caesura to antitheses and repetition.

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