Archive for December, 2008

Elizabeth Alexander

Posted in Information, Poetry, Writers with tags , on December 21, 2008 by mclac

Inauguration PoetIf We Didn’t Know Elizabeth Alexander, We Will Soon

Except for Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, I couldn’t tell you if there have been other poets at presidential inaugurations.  I wondered to myself, “What number will Elizabeth Alexander be?” So, I “Googled It!”  Robert Frost (John Kennedy) was the first and Maya Angelou (Bill Clinton) was the second.  The only other inaugural poet was Miller Williams at Clinton’s second.  I probably noted his participation in 1997, but didn’t recall him as I did Frost and Angelou.  Frankly, when I think of Miller Williams, I first think of him as being the father of Lucinda Williams and friends with Charles Bukowski, which is not to lessen his statue as a great American poet.

Having written about the birth of my grandchildren, I was most impressed with Miller’s poem, “A Poem For Emily”

Small fact and fingers and farthest one from me. A hand’s width and two generations away, in this still present, I am 53, you are not yet a full day. When I am 63, when you are 10, and you are neither closer nor as far, your arms will fill with what you know by then, the arithmetic and love we do and our. When Miller Williams, by blood and luck am 86 and you are someplace else and 33, believing in sex and God and politics, with children who look not at all like me, sometime I know you will have read them this, so they will know I love them and say so and love their mother, child whatever is, is always, or never was. Long ago, a day I watched a while beside your bed, I wrote this down, a thing that might be kept a while to tell you what I would have said when you were who knows what and I was dead, which is I stood and loved you while you slept.

I digress – back to Elizabeth Alexander, who I was reading more about this morning in the NY Times.  Since Alexander has been a friend of Obama’s for over a decade, it is therefore a surprise that she has been given this great honor.  Plus, as with Kennedy and Clinton, it shows his high regard for the arts and literature.



Tis the Season

Posted in Information, Writers with tags , on December 17, 2008 by mclac

Writer Les Standiford has pinned a timely book: “The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits.” The Wall Street Journal’s Jeffrey A. Trachtenbery interviewed Standiford.

In the spirit of Christmas, here’s a little of A Christmas Carol – The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.

“Spirit, I’m not the man I was. Oh spirit, assure me that I may yet change these shadows you have shown me by an altered life. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”


Emily Dickinson’s Birthday Party

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on December 6, 2008 by mclac



Another December and another birthday party for Emily Dickinson at the Corner Pub in Conroe, Texas. Houston area poets and lovers of Emily’s poetry read their favorite Dickinson poem. Each poet also read one of their own poems and party goers purchased some of their books. Click here to view photo set.

emilys-birthday-party-2008-4383webSusan Bright, Timothy Morris and Paul Christensen — Disckinson Panel Discussion at Lone Star College – Montgomery