Category: occasional poetry

  • Wrestling With Poetry in November

      by Homer (ca. 8th century BCE)   translated by Alexander Pope (1688-1744)   The Iliad   Book 23: Funeral Games in Honour of Patroclus [wherein Achilles bestows on Nestor the unawarded fifth prize, the two-handled urn]               Achilles this to reverend Nestor bears.           […]

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  • The All Time Top Ten Greatest Poems of Scotland

            In their article called Jeelie Piece Song is among our best poems, The Sunday Times of Scotland reports that “listeners of BBC Radio Scotland” have chosen Scotland’s favorite all time top 20 poems. These are included in the new book, edited by Stewart Conn, titled 100 Favourite Scottish Poems: The Nation’s […]

  • Call 911: Beck, Armitage, & Stevie Ray Vaughn Out of the Blue

    _____   Jeff Beck–Going Down (1983, Arms Concert NY)     If I were to say that Jeff Beck is one of the great rock and roll guitarists, thousands or millions of people would be outraged that I did not name him as the single greatest. And here is one of the great rock songs, […]

  • The Top 20 Greatest Banjo Paterson Poems of All Time

    _______     Below are the Top 20 poems by Australian poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (Barty to his friends, by the way), who lived from 1864 into 1941. They are arranged from number 20 down to number 1, placed in order by my preference after reading the 222 Paterson poems found on the web. […]

  • Shopping for a Father’s Day Card

    _____         While at work today, I decide to shop for a Father’s Day card, and to make this blog post about it, an idea that followed on a conversation with Deb Powers last night.    We had spoken of the varieties of poetry in our culture, and the possibility of this […]