Posts Tagged "Gerald Stern"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 131

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Archive | 8 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 131

Here’s Part II of my romp through past books, toward the launch of The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems, on March 16th.   Since my first book was obviously a lucky fluke (this is how my mind works), I would never get a press to take another.  I sent my second manuscript, Do Not Peel the Birches, back to Purdue University Press (if they liked me once….), but the book didn’t win their contest that year. Alas, woe was me, it was confirmed. I was a flash in the pan. The next year, 1993, I sent my manuscript to several other presses as well, but Gerald Stern, Purdue’s...

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Ode to Irregular Verbs + A Request

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Archive | 6 comments

Ode to Irregular Verbs + A Request

Goodbye “swum” and “dreamt” and “pled.”  I guess we’ve all heard by now that the half-life of an irregular verb is inversely proportional to the square root of the frequency of its use. Rarely used irregular verbs become regular most quickly, while commonly used irregular verbs change the slowest. When we use a verb all the time, we don’t forget its forms. Be and think are the verbs least likely to change because they’re used the most. I dearly love the irregulars, I’ve been thinking of ways to bring them into the limelight in hopes that they’ll breathe a bit easier,...

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