Category: by Bud Bloom

  • Warning to Other Writers About Using Blogger

    Some of you may know that I have another poetry blog that is not kept under a pseudonym. There are several reasons I use Bud Bloom. Here are four. 1. A pseudonym is psychologically liberating. Each time I write as Bud Bloom, I re-enter the world with no other role other than to tackle the […]

  • Li Bai drinking alone (with the moon, his shadow, & 43 translators)

    The Tang poet Li Bai–a.k.a. Li Po, Li Bo and the Poet Immortal–left us over 1,000 poems. Besides these, he is also known by the way it is said he died. He supposedly drowned drunk, trying to embrace the moon’s reflection in the Yangtze River. Below are 41 English translations (from 43 translators (and counting)) […]

  • Turning the pages of William Blake’s notebook online.

        Click on William Blake’s notebook above, and visit The British Library’s Sir John Ritblat Gallery. The site is called Turning the Pages™ and uses the Shockwave plug-in to fabulous effect. Once there, you will have the experience of turning the pages of Blake’s notebook, wherein you will find such things as sketches, and […]

  • Amnesty International: Well-known satirist Sakit Zahidov imprisoned following an unfair trial with questionable evidence

                            from: Amnesty International USA: Azerbaijan: Appeal Cases 24 January 2007; AI Index: EUR 55/002/2007 (Public)         Well-known satirist Sakit Zahidov imprisoned following an unfair trial with questionable evidence Sakit Zahidov, a well-known journalist in Azerbaijan, was sentenced to three years’ […]

  • Sir Francis Bacon on Poetry

            Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (1561-1626), is known both as the father of inductive reasoning through his Baconian method of scientific observation, and for introducing the essay to the English language. Below are snippets from his essays, through which he gives us his thoughts on poetry.     _____ […]

  • "’Twas the Night Before Christmas," illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

              pictures by Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935)     – – –     written, very likely, by either Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748-1828) or Clement Clark Moore (1779-1863)                         originally titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas”     now popularly […]

  • Christmastime at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s

            Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882)         Aftermath     When the summer fields are mown, When the birds are fledged and flown,         And the dry leaves strew the path; With the falling of the snow, With the cawing of […]