Best Poems Ever about Illness

Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg
Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg

Poet Susan Eisenberg has published three previous books, all worth reading, all notable for their lack of pedantry and abstractions affecting so much poetry today. Her poems are immediate, dramatic, and firmly rooted in day-to-day reality. With this fourth volume, she reveals something personal you’d appreciate knowing about. She is unwell: a cancer survivor, she also has lupus, an insidious autoimmune disease you can read all about in Wikipedia. So what does she do? She writes about it. How? Astoundingly well.
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An Affliction of Many Dimensions

My Father's Eyes by Mary Bonina
My Father’s Eyes by Mary Bonina

Perhaps this book is too modestly titled. True, it does begin as an account of the author’s father and his struggles with failing eyesight, as he falls victim to the hereditary disease of retinitis pigmentosa. In the opening scene he takes the author, a six-year old, for a seemingly harmless ride in the family car. Soon it is revealed that he can barely see the road and almost has a traffic accident. Continue reading “An Affliction of Many Dimensions”

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A Reconnaissance Deep into Poem Territory

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Reconnaissance by Mark Pawlak

You may learn a lot about botany when you read Mark Pawlak’s Reconnaissance, his newest volume of verse. “No way!” you say. Continue, dear reader. Continue reading “A Reconnaissance Deep into Poem Territory”

Peter Bates

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Self-Publishing E-Books: An Interview with Author Faith Justice

Faith Justice
Faith Justice

In 2013 Faith Justice listed her book Hypatia: Her Life and Times on Amazon, both in Kindle and paperback format. In 2016 it appeared in the The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (FL) as an e-book, both in MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (Apple, etc.) format. How? Continue reading “Self-Publishing E-Books: An Interview with Author Faith Justice”

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Famous Skeptic Annotates Bible

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible
The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, by Steve Wells (ISBN-13: 978-0988245105; 2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches” 1648
pp. $29.95)

For years I had wondered why nobody had ever done this before. It seems so obvious. Go through the Bible, find all the inconsistencies and contradictions and cross-reference them. As an extra, do it with a bit of wit. Well, it looks like Steve Wells has done it with The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. Have you ever wondered:
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Peter Bates

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Book Article about Dalton Trumbo

About twenty years ago I wrote an entry for The Political Companion to American Film. It was about Dalton Trumbo. Now that the new film Trumbo is out, I thought it might still be relevant today.

Dalton Trumbo
Dalton Trumbo

About twenty years ago I wrote an entry for The Political Companion to American Film. It was about Dalton Trumbo. Now that the new film Trumbo is out, I thought it might still be relevant today. Enjoy! Continue reading “Book Article about Dalton Trumbo”

Peter Bates

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Book Review: Write for a Living in 7 Easy Steps

Write for a Living in 7 Easy Steps by Grant McDuling. Amazon Kindle book. $4. 99.
Even the most seasoned writer needs a kick in the pants once in a while. Continue reading “Book Review: Write for a Living in 7 Easy Steps”

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