Review ~ Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost by John Milton John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for … Continue reading Review ~ Paradise Lost

Poetry Pit Stop #1

On Saturday morning, I went to Bookmans, the big, local second-hand book store. I browsed, but the only book that wanted to come home with me was Wind Song, a slim volume of Carl Sandburg's poetry. Many of these are poems that I could probably find online, but I like poetry in books. On Saturday … Continue reading Poetry Pit Stop #1

Catch-Up: Deal Me A Witchy Horror

Season of the Witch "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P. Lovecraft I'm still not a fan of the cosmicism of Cthulhu mythos, but I'm slowly gaining some appreciation for Lovecraft. Partly, this might be because I've been reading some of Lovecraft's influences. His tales make more sense to me in the context of Ambrose Bierce and Arthur … Continue reading Catch-Up: Deal Me A Witchy Horror

Review ~ Yevgeny Onegin

This book was provided to me by Pushkin Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Yevgeny Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, translated by A. D. P. Briggs Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s imperial Russia, Pushkin's novel in verse … Continue reading Review ~ Yevgeny Onegin

Mini Reviews, Vol. 4 ~ The Joys of Literary Tangents

Assignment #2 for the Frankenstein MOOC was discussion-board-based. The focus for Week 3 is going to be the literary references and allusions that Shelley uses. These things led me down an enjoyable literary rabbit hole over the weekend. I read all of these in the kitchen of my brother-in-law's house. We live in great times … Continue reading Mini Reviews, Vol. 4 ~ The Joys of Literary Tangents

Summer Reading ~ Citizen

I'm appropriating Mondays for short reviews of my summer reads (I'm behind in reviewing all the books I'd like to review) and for my weekly preview. What I Read Last Week Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and … Continue reading Summer Reading ~ Citizen

Short Review ~ In Reckless Ecstasy

In Reckless Ecstasy by Carl Sandburg Nevertheless there are thoughts beyond the reach of words and these the seers transmit only by lurid splashes of verbiage that cannot be gauged by common sense but must be sought out by the spirit of sublimity in us. I try to express myself sensibly but if that fails … Continue reading Short Review ~ In Reckless Ecstasy