Archive | December, 2012


The Big Questions?

One of the rich joys of teaching, is the opportunity to talk with young people about some of the Big Questions humanity faces. I find it enlightening and hopeful to listen to them consider the questions that come with being human, especially when those questions are sparked by literature. This past semester, one of my […]

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Silent Night and the 7:00 News

When “Silent Night 7:00 News” was released in 1966, it was called “chilling” and “prophetic.”  Recorded by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for their album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme,” it’s the twelfth and final track on that album. This might be the most moving version of any Christmas carol I’ve ever heard. Its power lies […]

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MEETING BONE MAN Selected & New Poems on YouTube

Sometimes hearing a poem creates a stronger experience than reading one. Though I think of myself as more a “page” poet than a performing poet, at the urging of some friends I’m beginning to put some poems on the Joseph Ross YouTube page. Here you can listen and watch various poems being read. At present, […]

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Ernesto Mercer’s Poems Burn in GUNPOWDER + a MATCH

Though I was never good at math, even I know that GUNPOWDER + a Match can only equal trouble. But in the case of Ernesto Mercer’s poems, it’s good trouble, sweet trouble, funny trouble, and  sad trouble. Ernesto Mercer’s limited edition chapbook certainly ignites. Or rather it shows us the results of ignitions of all sorts. […]

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Ban Automatic Weapons Before Christmas

It’s simple. It requires some legal minds to write the legislation. That can be done in two days. President Obama must call Congress into session on Monday, December 17th. Both the Senate and the House should be asked to vote on a simple bill that would ban automatic weapons. Don’t let anyone attach a bunch […]

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Support Poets & Poetry Publishers!

If gift giving is part of your holiday celebrations, please consider giving your family and friends the gift of poetry. Most poets and many poetry publishers do not make their living off of poetry– but we might like to! So if you haven’t given poetry books before, give your loved ones something fresh and different […]

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