2009 in Review

I’m not fond of making these posts which link to lots of stuff I’ve written. It’s not that I’m against self-promotion. It’s just that all the categories, tags, even titles of posts exist to make this blog searchable; while I haven’t updated the index, it still points to a wide variety of posts; finally, I’d rather be producing new content than looking over old stuff and wincing at what has been written.

So yeah. Happy New Year to you too. If you’re a reader of this blog and you remember reading something over the past year not listed here that you want to see listed, let me know in the comments. I realize I haven’t linked to everything I’ve written.

Poems covered since January, in order of appearance on this blog:

Emily Dickinson, “I fear a Man of frugal Speech” (January – considered by a few to be the best commentary on this blog)
Amy King, “I’ve Opted for a Heart This Mid-November Morn” (January)
William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” (January)
Emily Dickinson, “A Moth the hue of this” (February)
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Heaven-Haven” (February)
Derek Walcott, “Europa” (March – Walcott is an actual epic poet. I know, it sounds insane; he’s as good as advertised, though.)
Emily Dickinson, “So the Eyes accost – and sunder” (March)
Emily Dickinson, “We like a Hairbreadth ‘scape” (March)
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The Caged Skylark” (April, for Easter Sunday)
William Butler Yeats, “Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors” (April)
Emily Dickinson, “Me, change! Me, alter!” (May)
Li Po, “The Jewel Stairs’ Grievance” (May)
Charles Wright, “Words and the Diminution of All Things” (June – maybe the most heartbreaking thing written on this blog)
Ario Farin, “Up, up and away!” (June)
Jane Kenyon, “Otherwise” (June)
Amy King, “Calling all Agents” (June)
Emily Dickinson, “I stepped from Plank to Plank” (June)
Robert Frost, “The Gift Outright” (July – for July 4th)
Alice Shapiro, “The Twittering Machine” (July)
Stanley Kunitz, “The Abduction” (July)
Kay Ryan, “Turtle” (July)
Emily Dickinson, “Fame of Myself, to justify” (August)
Jane Kenyon, “Mosaic of the Nativity: Serbia, Winter 1993” (August)
Emily Dickinson, “A South Wind – has a pathos” (August)
William Stafford, “At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border” (September)
Emily Dickinson, “They say that “Time assuages”…” (September)
Ario Farin, “As sad as the scent of smoked fish” (September)
Alice Shapiro, “I” (September)
Robert Bly, “Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter” (October)
Nomi Stone, “Why I Came” (October)
Emily Dickinson, “Expectation – is Contentment” (October)
Amy King, “Ivywall of Sparrows” (October)
Tom Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything?” (November)
Emily Dickinson, “Away from Home are some and I” (November)
Yehuda Amichai, “Near the Wall of a House” (November)
Emily Dickinson, “How well I knew Her not” (December)
Emily Dickinson, “Good to hide, and hear ’em hunt!” (December)
Emily Dickinson, “I made slow Riches but my Gain” (December)
Cecilia Woloch, “Slow Children at Play” (December)

Song lyrics:

The Weakerthans, “None of the Above”
The Roots, “False Media”
The Weakerthans, “Utilities”

On Philosophy:

Kierkegaard, “Every Good and Every Perfect Gift is from Above”
An Introduction to Machiavelli’s “Prince”
On Socrates, Dancing and Philosophy: Xenophon, Symposium II 15-20
Why you should read Heidegger and ignore trash partisan critiques advanced by people whose notion of “philosophy” is “having big names tell them they’re right”
Plato, Menexenus
On the intersection of poetry, politics and philosophy

Politics and the age:

Plutarch, “Pericles”
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Ludlow 9/6/1824
Jefferson’s Epitaph, Education and the Enlightenment Republic
Abraham Lincoln, “Proclamation of Thanksgiving”

Here and there:

In Omaha
Homeward Bound: In Houston
In Dallas
A Tale of Two Art Galleries

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