Supplemental Log: Poems Defining Poetry

Let them read poems. So, we each have our own working definition of poetry, summing up how we experience the stuff. We each, also, can quote a poet — most likely a dead one — who said something just so right about a poem that the conversation must be over. It isn’t. Why? Because, officially, this…Read moreRead more

Turnabout Intruder: In Her Shoes

This is it. The final episode of the original series and one of the earliest if not the first instance of inter-gender body-swapping in science fiction. Yet there’s no room for the comedy of a man in a woman’s body or a woman in a man’s body. This episode is too tragic for that. Kirk’s…Read moreRead more

Supplemental Log: Poets Defining Poetry

Why are we talking “Poets Defining Poetry” when we’ve had to write our own definitions? Once you have your own definition you are not an immediate connoisseur of poetry who knows what’s what and how everyone should react to something. You’re equipped with your own dinner party definition of poetry with which to wow that mass…Read moreRead more

Supplemental Log: What is poetry?

Presumably, we all know a poem when we see one, but how do we know? Certainly we know because poems look like poems and sound like poems and maybe even feel like poems. Yet, how do poems obtain that look and sound and feeling? Exactly what is poetry? The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us poetry is “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative…Read moreRead more

All Our Yesterdays: Afternoon Delight

The starship Enterprise shows up at a planet about to be destroyed by a supernova in order to save its inhabitants. Problem is, everyone is already gone except for a librarian who apparently is in charge of facilitating everyone being saved. Now, he used the word “safe”, but it still brings to mind a certain picture-perfect…Read moreRead more