Category Archives: Word Cloud

Word Cloud: RESISTANCE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD In 1895, Japan was at war with China for supremacy over Korea, which was China’s most important client state. Japan wanted access to Korea’s coal and iron, and to use it as a buffer zone to prevent Chinese or Russian … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: LIGHT

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD According to my mother, my first word after “mama” and “dada” was “light.” Well, actually, it was “ight” but I was pointing at a lighted lamp, so she knew what I meant. It’s turned out to … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: EXPERIENCES

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I was in San Francisco for the “Summer of Love.” They were heady days. I got to hear all the cool bands, and anything seemed possible. People, mostly kids like me, came from many places seeking … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: ALCHEMIST

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD There’s a wide spectrum of relationships between poets and readers. Some poets write with a searing clarity, and some write as if daring you to make any sense of their poems. Some write poems so personal … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: SWELTERING

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here, it’s too hot for serious poetry. So let’s take a look at some playful verse. It’s not too surprising that most funny poems … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: CHRONICLER

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Mary Jo Salter is an American poet, essayist, playwright, lyricist and editor, born August 15, 1954,in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a former editor at the Atlantic Monthly, poetry editor at the New Republic, and co-editor of the fourth … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: LIGHTHOUSE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD On August 7, 1789, the U.S. Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” Two hundred years later, the Congress designated August 7th as National Lighthouse Day. All … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: MUTTS

by Nona Blyth Cloud July 31 is National Mutt Day. Millions of dogs wind up in animal shelters across the U.S. every year. Most of them are Mutts. Too many of them never get adopted, but the ones who do … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: SLOW-BURNING

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Poetry covers everything. If it ever was, or somebody dreamed it happened, or if somebody felt it happen, then there’s a poem about somewhere. But in these hard times, I’ve been searching for the answers to … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: JUSTICE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD  I’m just an old ’60s peacenik, so I believe there is no true peace without justice. Yet what is Justice?  To me, it means we all get a fair chance – everybody gets something, but nobody … Continue reading

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