Entries Categorized as 'Poems/Quotes'

What would Paul do? Dignity in divorce

Date October 16, 2007

USA Today/AP highlighted Paul McCartney’s desire to maintain his dignity during his divorce from Heather Mills. The former Beatle told Radio Times Magazine:
“As Winston Churchill once said, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going!’ . . . The only solution is to remain dignified. If I don’t keep a silence about it, I lose [...]

Nights and weekends

Date June 23, 2005

The Houston Chronicle shows us a man who lives in Dallas, works in Houston, handles business trials and writes about a minister having an affair (excerpt):
For the past five years, when James Jordan hasn’t been handling cases as a commercial litigator, he’s been thinking about love and lust.
During the day, Jordan is chairman and CEO [...]

Among back issues of The Signal

Date May 10, 2005

AP reports Walt Whitman’s 117 year old advice, recently discovered by The College of New Jersey’s Nicole Kukawski.
Chris Newmarker writes (excerpt):
“First, don’t write poetry; second ditto; third ditto,” Whitman says. “You may be surprised to hear me say so, but there is no particular need of poetic expression. We are utilitarian, and the current cannot [...]

See Dick and Jane

Date November 29, 2004

The New York Times notes the passing of Nancy Larrick at 93.
Jennifer Bayot writes (excerpt):
Dr. Larrick considered the standard reading workbooks of the 1950’s, with their picture games and stories about Dick and Jane, insulting to even a 5-year-old’s intelligence. An editor of children’s books for Random House, she preferred Dr. Seuss and Little Bear [...]

Men and women in the movies

Date November 23, 2004

The American Film Institute announced its nominees for the top 100 movie quotes. The 400 excerpts include:
MELVIN UDALL
You make me want to be a better man.
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
SUGARPUSS O’SHEA
I love him because he’s the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes [...]

Writing from the heart

Date November 14, 2004

The New York Times gets Judy Blume talking about writing.
Jennifer Goldblatt writes (excerpt):
“I didn’t know what I was doing,” Ms. Blume said “I was just free to write spontaneously, from the inside and not worry about what I was writing or anything else. Looking back, I can’t believe that I ever did it or was [...]

Nothing but the truth

Date October 7, 2004

Lee Robinson gives us her poem “The Rules of Evidence.” Note that this is art, not advice for conducting a real trial. Or is it?
Read the poem and you decide (excerpt):
What you want to say most
is inadmissible.
Say it anyway.
Say it again.

“wondering if people are thinking of me”

Date October 4, 2004

The New York Times gives space to D. Nurkse and creative writing workshops for kids in custody. The article links to the poems of 6 teenage inmates at Rikers Island.
D. Nurkse writes (excerpt):
In 1998 I was hired to lead poetry workshops at Island Academy, one of three public schools on Rikers Island. The first [...]

If you talk about it, it will disappear

Date September 2, 2004

Conroy’s departure from the University of Iowa Writes’ Wor

Helping children learn to read

Date August 15, 2004

passing of Bill Martin Jr.

Note from the host

Date February 27, 2004

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