Category Archives: Poetry

Word Cloud: MULTI-RACIAL

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD She was born as Alice Ruth Moore on July 19, 1875, in New Orleans LA. Her heritage was a complex mix: Creole, which in her city meant descendants of early French and Spanish inhabitants; African American, … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: SUMMERFARE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Edward Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) was born on July 10th in London, England. In his youth, he was educated at London’s prestigious St Paul’s School. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a fellow student, and became his best friend. When … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: FLUTTERBYS

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.  – C. Day Lewis We are in deep summer now in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer brings abundance and sunlit hours that give … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: EXTRAVAGANT

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD There is just a breath of Purtianism lurking in most American poetry. We admire the winnowing of excess words, the spareness of poets like Frost and Sandburg and the prose of Hemingway and Steinbeck. American poets … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: ONYX

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I sometimes wonder if what critics condemn in the writers they review are really the motes and beams which blind them in their own work. When reviewer Peter Craft “damns with faint praise” the first published … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: PILGRIM-SOUL

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Today is Bloomsday, the day in 1904 that the events in the James Joyce novel Ulysses take place. I confess I have only read pieces of it, because it’s so densely written, and some of it I … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: MIDLIFE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I guess it’s human nature to try to make things fit, whether it’s putting on roof tiles, or papers we need to file, or sorting the animal kingdom into family, genus and species – most of … Continue reading

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