Category Archives: Word Cloud

Word Cloud: RECOGNITION

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Recognition. A word that can mean someone’s work has been honored, ‘recognized’ for excellence, but also can mean that moment when a person feels a lighting strike of connection to an artist’s work, whatever the media … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: WHIRLIGIG

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD What is one to make of Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)? A man of so many contradictions he seems like a human whirligig. Anti-German and Anti-Semitic. Combative and intolerant in his philosophical and political writings, but whimsical and amusing … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: FAÇADE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD In Georgette Heyer’s novel Regency Buck, Mrs. Scattergood’s description of herself fits my first impression of Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) perfectly: “I am shockingly expensive, but you won’t mind that, I daresay. Oh, you are looking at my gown … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: WINDHEART

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD My father’s favorite poem was “Ulysses,” written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (link below). However, his favorite poet was John Masefield (1878-1967), for his many poems about the sea. Coincidentally, the two men were Poet Laureates of the … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: GOLDEN (Redux)

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD A poet with an MBA from the Stanford Business School who became a Vice President at General Foods and marketed Kool-Aid? Doesn’t sound very promising, does it? Even more damning, he’s written literary criticism, in books and … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: WRATH (Revised and Revisited)

by Nona Blyth Cloud There are some poets who have a universal appeal, whose hauntingly beautiful words we turn to again and again for succor and an uplifting of spirit. Then there’s Diane Wakoski. “This book is dedicated to all … Continue reading

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WORD CLOUD: Afterimage (Redux)

Given the increasingly divisive rhetoric with which we are being bombarded in the U.S., and the resultant racial tension, mass shootings and other violence it inspires, I am reprising this profile of Audre Lorde, a writer whose work I find … Continue reading

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