Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Humanity of John Steinbeck

“There’s nothing like that first taste of beer.” – Doc, from Cannery Row John Steinbeck was born on this day in 1902 in Salinas, California. Steinbeck gave a voice to the disenfranchised and those who struggle to labor for a … Continue reading

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In Us

“Our real poems are already in us and all we can do is dig.” Jonathan Galassi

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Ansel Adams

“Each day was a severe test for me, sitting in a dreadful classroom while the sun and fog played outside.”  Ansel Adams about school Today is the birthday of Ansel Adams, photographer and environmentalist. Adams was an unruly boy—hyperactive and mostly … Continue reading

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Jack Gilbert – Working Class Poet

“If 99% of the poets writing today stopped publishing, it would not be a loss.” – Jack Gilbert At a poetry session, Leonard asked, “If you could have a poet give your eulogy, who would it be?” I knee-jerked, “Jack … Continue reading

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Chilly Philly Love

“The more an empty writer perseveres plowing through barren fields, the closer he is getting to the good stuff.” – jb The LOVE ice sculpture mirrors the original creation by sculpture Robert Indiana. Artist Peter Slavin helped Fear No Ice with the sculpture as part of a Valentines Day … Continue reading

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The World Is A Writer’s Room

“You can’t tell the forecast by peeking out the blinds.” jb As I paid for my coffee at a Wawa one morning the cashier pointed to my shirt and asked what it meant. Unable to recall what I’d thrown on that day (it was before … Continue reading

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