Arthurian Landmarks: Tintagel Castle

The winter session of The Wordstapas is open for registration. Our first meeting is January 31st. We will be reading The High Deeds of Finn MacCool, by Rosemary Sutcliff, as well as some ancient Irish poetry. An auditing option is available for those who cannot join the live meetings due to commitments or time zone differences. Register here, or contact … Continue reading Arthurian Landmarks: Tintagel Castle

You Came Slow, by Miriam Novotny – A poem for Advent 4 (2022)

Adoration of the Child, by Gerard von Honthorst, circa 1620 You Came Slowby Miriam Novotny You could have come with thunderstroke,With lightning-spikéd wheel-spoke,With cracking whip and blasting horn,On cloud-enshrouded wings of storm.You could have come with cyclone-speedThat rips away the roots of trees,As quick as wind, as fierce as snow,But you came slow. You could … Continue reading You Came Slow, by Miriam Novotny – A poem for Advent 4 (2022)

The Annunciation, by Edwin Muir – A poem for Advent 2 (2022)

Annunciation, by Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1472 The Annunciationby Edwin Muir The angel and the girl are met.Earth was the only meeting place.For the embodied never yetTravelled beyond the shore of space. The eternal spirits in freedom go.See, they have come together, see,While the destroying minutes flow,Each reflects the other’s faceTill heaven in hers and … Continue reading The Annunciation, by Edwin Muir – A poem for Advent 2 (2022)

In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae (Remembrance Day 2022)

In Flanders Fieldsby John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,     That mark our place; and in the sky     The larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead.  Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,     Loved and were loved, and now we … Continue reading In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae (Remembrance Day 2022)

Why I Will Not Be Writing About “The Rings of Power”

Amazon has now fully released the first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.  This is the first cinematic portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology since the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in 2014.  The series has unleashed a torment of reviews, both fiercely positive and … Continue reading Why I Will Not Be Writing About “The Rings of Power”

Newest Additions to My Library (and Fall Academic Plans)

I am a story-lover.  Perhaps that is obvious.  I am also a bibliophile.  Perhaps that also is obvious.  But I am a slow, discerning bibliophile.  Perhaps that is not obvious.  My library grows one book at a time.  Rarely will you see me emerge from a bookshop with more than two under my arm.  But … Continue reading Newest Additions to My Library (and Fall Academic Plans)