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A Poem for World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day: on August 20, 1897, Sir Ronald Ross, British physician, discovers that female mosquitoes transit malaria between humans. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has held annual celebrations of the day since the 1930s John Updike … Continue reading

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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: OUTSIDER

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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First Read of An American Classic

Today is the 68th anniversary of the first publication of one of the most famous short stories in America. Some works of fiction take time to find their audience. Shirley Jackson’s now-classic short story, “The Lottery,” was first published in … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: SARDONIC

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.”  “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”  “I hate writing, I love having written.” “By the time you swear you’re his, Shivering and … Continue reading

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