Jan Zwicky, Canadian poet, writer, philosopher, and musician
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Jan Zwicky is Woke

By J.S. Porter (for Marshall Soules, the most woke man I know) What would you have if you…
Souvankham Thammavongsa by J.S. Porter
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Souvankham Thammavongsa

Poet and Short-Story Writer for Karen Wisdom by J.S. Porter The name pulled me in.  It’s a poem…
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Shawna Lemay’s Asking

Which of us…has not dreamed of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical, without rhyme…supple…rugged…? –Baudelaire for Maureen…
In Response to the Atlantic's Big Question
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Books for the Planet

[avatar user=”J.S.Porter” size=”thumbnail” align=”right”]J.S. Porter (Photo by Frances Ward)[/avatar] for Kaizen, Marshall, and Blake Every now and then something…

The History of Poetry

[avatar user=”J.S.Porter” size=”thumbnail” align=”right”]J.S. Porter[/avatar] for Rachel – By J.S. Porter    I like my poetry pure and…
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Why Read?

I used to say: Read because you get to know your shadow, you see the world multi-dimensionally, you understand the Other… But these are pastoral reasons, sheep-in-the-meadow reasons…

Un

According to David Crystal’s, ‘Think on my Words:’ Exploring Shakespeare’s Language, Shakespeare has a penchant for using Un in imaginative ways – 314 instances in the OED where he is the first citation for an Un-word…

A Note on Patti Smith

– By J.S. Porter   A rememberer                    of the familial dead and the artistic dead.    Reader of Blake…

Singing the Light

Singing the Light  for Sarah Hall                              by j.s. porter The day’s soot on an obscenely tense face,  an…
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Mavis Gallant (1922-2014)

Writer down. Maybe we readers need to scream that phrase the way officers scream it for fellow officers…