Category Archives: Poetry and Novels

It’s All Greek To Me: Homeric Questions (Part Two)

In the summer of 1933, and then for a fifteen month period in 1934-1935, Milman Parry went to the southern part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Born in 1902 in California, Parry was an associate professor at Harvard University, with … Continue reading

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Some Resolutions for 2019

I follow a number of Canadian writers on Twitter, and one of them is Amanda Reaume. She reads an astonishing number of books, and knows the Canadian Literary scene as well as anyone.  Way back in 2018, on December 29, … Continue reading

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Brodsky’s Epiphany: “Nativity Poem” (1989)

  Nativity Poem Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) I’ve posted this before, but its worth repeating. Joseph Brodsky said about himself, “I’m Jewish; a Russian poet, an English essayist – and, of course, an American citizen.” Although born into a Jewish family, … Continue reading

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Three Poems in Lieu of a Proper Sermon for Epiphany 2018

Journey of the Magi                         T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised a Unitarian. After attending Harvard he went to Oxford in 1914 to work on a doctorate in philosophy. After his marriage in 1916 he … Continue reading

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“Dear God. I am so lonely.” A response to Doug Coupland

Like 465,000 other people, I follow Douglas Coupland on Twitter. I like his writing. He remains best known for his first novel Generation X (1991), and I figure I have read at least seven of his novels and non-fiction works. … Continue reading

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Dublin by Stephen James Smith

I recently went to Dublin to meet up with my son and to participate in Bloomsday 2016. One of the Bloomsday events was a three hour reading of excerpts of Ulysses in Temple Bar Square by a variety of actors, … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on David Bowie

As someone who spent his adolescence in the 1970s, David Bowie (1947-2016) was unavoidable. My brothers brought his album Hunky Dory into the house and I listened to it repeatedly. Bowie made it big in Canada well before he had … Continue reading

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