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It’s All Greek To Me
August 28th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

Don Quixote, conqueror of windmills and readers’ hearts, was recently voted the best book of all time in a survey of 100 of the world’s best authors.  It’s the tale of a Spanish knight who reads one too many chivalric romances and takes up a rusty breastplate and sword in search of adventures.  Antonio Carreño-Rodríguez […]

Poetry in a Recession
April 10th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

From Homer to Chaucer to Rita Dove, poetry has plumbed and expressed human strife, love, and everyday realities.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  His poems explore the lives of family and friends coping with economic devastation in Michigan.  Also: Kevin Shortsleeve (Christopher Newport University) is co-editing an anthology […]

Whitman at War
July 4th, 2009 - (2 Comments)

In 1862, poet Walt Whitman went to Fredericksburg, Virginia, searching for his brother George who had been wounded in a Civil War battle. Whitman was so moved by the carnage he found that he worked as a nurse for the rest of the war.   Mara Scanlon and Brady Earnhart (University of Mary Washington) say […]

"So… Beowulf?"
January 3rd, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Beowulf, the most famous epic poem written in Old English, seems to be undergoing a revival. The recent movie featuring Angelina Jolie is just the tip of the iceberg. There have been several new translations, three movies, as well as new Beowulf interactive media. English Professor Kenneth Tiller (University of Virginia College at Wise) explains […]