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Taking Risks: Thursday Shout Out March 20, 2008: It is the first day of spring. Renew. Read. Rev up. In attempting to carry on some of Rigoberto’s wonderful work introducing new books and old favorites from his collection, I thought I’d start a Thursday shout out series. (Unlike Rigo, I may not be able to do it every Thursday, but I will do my honest best.) Often, the poems that thrill me [...] by

Ireland, Poetry & The Good Art of Being Alone March 17, 2008: I woke up this morning thinking of the Irish. In midtown Manhattan the parade barreled through and people wore their green sweaters and talked about their heritage and well, drank some. Mainly, I thought of cultures that are inherently linked to poetry, where the legacy of poetry is something highly celebrated, is viewed as an essential commodity. [...] by

The Ides of March: Soothsayer=Poet* March 15, 2008: Speaking of art & politics: CAESAR What man is that? BRUTUS A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. CAESAR Set him before me; let me see his face. CASSIUS Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar. CAESAR What say'st thou to me now? Speak once again. SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March. CAESAR He is a dreamer; let us leave him: [...] by