“way up there,” that bird…my poem
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by Richard Subber
5d ago
bucket list?     way up there   I’ve never been to the top-most twig, it’s not on my list, I know that’s true.   I saw her,    swaying as the tree tops       let the breezes do their thing, otherwise she did not move.   I envied her pacific view, and briefly wondered    what she cares to see, when all around her does not hide, when down means not too far, when far away is not that far    for wings that wait to spread…   I guess she’s seen it all    ten thousand times, I guess she might glance   ..read more
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The Brothers…Civil War storytelling
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by Richard Subber
1w ago
This is good storytelling     Book review: The Brothers   Janet M. Kovarik 2014   If you’re a student of the Civil War, you’ll recognize the actual historical figures who are part of the story, and you’ll quickly feel comfortably familiar with Stu and Beau and Sarah and their families, because they embody some of the compelling human agents of the wartime drama. These characters are three-dimensional. There is human urgency in their speech and actions. These are cerebral characters who are articulately reflective, thoughtful about their circumstances and their life journeys ..read more
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Lean back and listen…my poem
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by Richard Subber
1w ago
tinkle, sway, hum…     Winter, add Woo, stir   …all the notes make medleys, it’s a quiet nightclub sound, it’s okay to listen    with the other ear, and hear the lilt and the lift    and the living rhythms       without trying too hard          to pay attention, and nod in time    when an old refrain       makes a hole in the buzz, and you hear again    those words that throb and skip       and nestle into    &n ..read more
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P. G. Wodehouse—we miss you!
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by Richard Subber
1w ago
Who doesn’t love Bertie Wooster?     I happened on a 1982 review of a biography of P. G. Wodehouse, and I can’t resist believing that the reviewer is a hatefully well-bred person. Prof. Samuel Hynes very incautiously permits himself to label old P. G. as ” . . . the greatest trivial novelist in literary history . . .” Egad. Is he talking about Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975), the remarkably gabby genius who created Bertie Wooster and Jeeves? Is he talking about the guy who makes us love the incurably erratic Wooster?  who makes us worshipfully respect the very properl ..read more
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“a great temple of all the gods…” (Seneca)
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by Richard Subber
2w ago
it’s all around you…     “ingens deorum omnium templum,           mundus ipse”   “a great temple of all the gods,           the world itself”   from Seneca, The Epistles of Seneca, Epistle XC *   *   *   *   *   * Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2024 All rights reserved.   The Scarlet Letter, victim of Hollywood Nathaniel Hawthorne’s version is best click here –   Above all: Poems of dawn and more with 73 free verse poems, and the rest of my poetry books are for sal ..read more
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The Book of Days…part xxxxi
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by Richard Subber
2w ago
The Book of Days   The dawn’s early light can be pleasure enough for the whole day. There are words enough to tell the story of “the temptation of day to come.” It is my delight to write some of them for your delectation.   Fanfare   A blazon of cinnamons    in the high eastern sky, a syruped swirl of portents of day— the star ascends to lofty lightening realms, where heralds sound the trumps of dawn    to chase scant remnants of the night.   October 31, 2018   My poem “Fanfare” was published in my fifth collection of 53 poems, My first name was rai ..read more
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes…book review
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by Richard Subber
2w ago
…the fastidiously chivalrous Sherlock Holmes…     Book review: The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol. II   by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Christopher Morley, Preface New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1953 821 pages   Sherlock Holmes never tires of being a marvel, and Doyle’s prose never ceases to entertain. One other thing: Jeremy Brett is my favorite TV Sherlock Holmes, you can pick your own favorite. Every time I pick up this collection of Holmes adventures, I wish that I had picked up Volume I somewhere—I can’t remember how I acquired this slightly battered copy of Volume I ..read more
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No words needed…  “nondescript,” my poem
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by Richard Subber
3w ago
leftovers of night     nondescript   a rummage of grey, slowly drifting fluff    above the trees, a kind of weight of clouds    that does not hasten       for impending day…   January 23, 2024 *   *   *   *   *   * My poetry. Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2024 All rights reserved.   Book review: “Bartleby, the Scrivener” Loneliness beyond understanding… by Herman Melville click here – Above all: Poems of dawn and more with 73 free verse poems, and the rest of my poetry book ..read more
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Saint Martin’s Summer…book review
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by Richard Subber
3w ago
the good folks prevail     Book review: Saint Martin’s Summer   by Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) Pinnacle Press, 1909 270 pages   Saint Martin’s Summer, published in 1909, is a historical romance. This is Sabatini’s signature style. Think of it as a very high-toned beach book… Spoiler alert: if you think you’re going to get a big helping of heaving bosoms and sweaty ravishment, maybe you should pick another book… If you are familiar with Sabatini’s novels or his genre, you already know that knowing the ending—that is, anticipating with confidence how the good folks will preva ..read more
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“…she never looks up…”   “facta,” my poem
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by Richard Subber
3w ago
teasing for recognition     facta   She has a plan.   The cotton balls are vital, she keeps a handy supply of     cardboard and colored paper. tape is essential, tape is the key    to all exactness in the doing, speed is not exactly the entire reality    but deliberate haste is her style, she builds with mute devotion to the outcome, identity is not so needful    as function and connection, her creatures are elegant monstrosities, her temples are sturdy elaborations of design    and form that find barely imagined bounda ..read more
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