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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: 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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Word Cloud: PRAIRIE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD This week, my husband and I are celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary, so I’m just going to give you a brief introduction to one of my all- time favorite poets, then let you explore on your … Continue reading

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by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I’m sure you’ve been longing to know how I choose my subjects each week. It’s different every time, but this week will give you an idea. At the beginning of April, I printed out a list of poets … Continue reading

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WORLD POETRY DAY: A Billy Collins Poem

It’s World Poetry Day again. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, I’m betting that you will like Billy Collins. ________________________________________________________________  Here’s a poem he wrote about what he’d like people to get out of his poems, and what … Continue reading

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by Nona Blyth Cloud The rarest, most daunting kind of poetry to write well is obvious yet original, and funny but profound, all at the same time. Typically, young poets start out writing poetry steeped in angst and tortured imagery, … Continue reading

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