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17th Century commonplace book17th Century commonplace book via themillions.com

Before Jezebel, The Toast, and Twitter there were wise and witty women handily perpetrating "epic feminist takedowns of the ages," as illustrated in yarntheory's interesting post about Mary Collier and her 18th century poem, "The Woman's Labour"

... and before Pinterest and Evernote and Tumblr, "there was the humble commonplace book, a space for gathering and reflecting on ideas, quotations, observations, lines from poems, and other information." MonkeyToes gives us a loving magpie's roundup of this "venerable tradition of idea curation."

12/07/15
by taz

Of poets and liars

Lying LiarsLying Liars by katmeresin (cc by)

Next you're going to tell me it was actually only a couple of hundred yards to go before he slept? not_on_display

"the best example in all of American poetry of a wolf in sheep’s cloth" explains how everyone knows Robert Frost’s "The Road Not Taken" – and how almost everyone gets it wrong (though not everyone: "I wrote a whole commencement speech about this general idea")

Plus a post about Best American Poetry guest editor Sherman Alexie's response re a white male poet who appropriated a Chinese name for submission to the anthology

and in Ask Me, looking for the author who said (something like) "The poet lies ... most especially when writing about himself"

09/13/15
by taz

"Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them"

353:365 - You Could Use a Good Kiss!353:365 - You Could Use a Good Kiss! by Nomadic Lass (cc by-sa)

OH I FORGOT TO MENTION... that MetaFilter is actually what got me into poetry in the first place.

Mefi's own frizzle is featured in a post on her performance at the 2014 National Poetry Slam reciting her poem about Harry Potter, pornography, and non-consent.

08/20/14
by taz

I have treated / the fleas / that were on / the feline...

dezemberscharmützel (13)dezemberscharmützel (13) by Querkropf (cc by)

Mefite sarastro's having a cat/flea situation, but in verse: "What remedies exist for a cat beflea'd?"

My most faithful feline associate
while I, at length, was absent
has, it seems, become woefully beset
by fleas or lice
or something that bites and leaves
her in a most agitated and sorry state.

And so on. And the answers follow suit, in large part. Cat question in, doggerel out.

10/24/12
by cortex

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