American Poetry · Literature · Poetry · Uncategorized

On a Poem about Childbirth in the New England Wilderness

  In her poem, “Before the Birth of One of Her Children” Anne Bradstreet shows the fear and resolve women face when approaching childbirth in the New England wilderness. Imagine the year 1650, somewhere along the north east coast of the U.S. with a foot of snow on the ground, you’re pregnant out to here,… Continue reading On a Poem about Childbirth in the New England Wilderness

Book Review · Literature

Book Review ~ Americanah

Title: Americanah Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Pages: 588 Genre: Novel Country: Nigeria Published: May 2013 I learned of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie through the Beyonce song “Flawless.” In that song Beyonce uses a segment of a speech Adichie gave on Feminism for Ted Talks. After I heard Adichie speak I needed to know more about her,… Continue reading Book Review ~ Americanah

Haiku · Poetry · Uncategorized

Haiku #3

The tulips smelled of Easter and Mother’s day. Dead in the vase. L. Clark ~ 21 July 2015

American Poetry · History · Literature · Poetry · Uncategorized

Through the Eyes of Randall Jarrell

Randall Jarrell, May 30, 1945.   There are many ways to describe Randall Jarrell. He was a poet, a teacher, an airman, a writer of prose, a critic, and a Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Some of Jarrell’s most recognized poems are inspired by his service in the United States… Continue reading Through the Eyes of Randall Jarrell

Essays · Ethics · Literature

Adrienne Rich on Location and Multicultural Feminism

…all cultures and all voices need to be heard.

Literature · Shakespeare · Uncategorized

Some Thoughts on Shakespeare’s Bad Guys

  It’s been a while since I thought about (or read) Shakespeare, but some recent events have me thinking about the role of the villain and how expertly Shakespeare wrote them into his works. We all know people who for one reason or another we’d rather not associate with. Lets face it, it’s human nature… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Shakespeare’s Bad Guys

American Poetry

To A Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant

 Whither, ‘midst falling dew, While glows the heavens with the last steps of day, Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue Thy solitary way? Vainly the fowler’s eye Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong, As, darkly painted on the crimson sky, Thy figure floats along. Seek’st thou the plashy brink Of… Continue reading To A Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant