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Alan Nordstrom’s Poems, Blogs, and Essays

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 25, 2015

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Rollins Professor and formal poet Alan Nordstrom has a beautiful website.  Here is the opening letter; get ready for a treat:

“Gentle Reader,

What you’ll find below is an upside-down anthology of sorts: a journal of my frequent morning musings from January 2008 till now, in reverse order.

Much of what I write here is verse in traditional rhymed iambic pentameters, old fashioned in form but contemporary in topics and idiom. It asks to be read aloud so that the effects of rhyme and meter may be felt.

Sometimes I write brief prose essays, but even my verses are essays, or attempts, pursuing a line of thought to some conclusion, though more sonorously than those in prose: discursive verses, I call them.

In either case, you’re the reader over my shoulder as I write, which makes my writing different than when I have no audience in mind but only a vague urge to express. So I thank you for whatever attention you give my words and thoughts and feelings because you might so easily attend to something else, and you soon will.

To beguile you to linger longer, though, I’ve coupled most of my compositions with a photo or image I’ve taken or borrowed, which often corresponds with my words of that day.

Thank you for visiting here.  I hope you enjoy your stay and are moved to come back soon.”
—Alan Nordstrom

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The Story Prize Spotlight Award goes to …

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 23, 2015

Praying Drunk, by Kyle Minor.  Warm congrats, Kyle!

Kyle Minor

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Anne Yates Burst Book Signing

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 22, 2015

View from the Widows Walk

Anne Yates Burst, author of The View From the Widow’s Walk, will sign books from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 31st at Writers Block Bookstore, 124 E. Welbourne Ave. in Winter Park.

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Tea & Conversation

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 22, 2015


On Monday, January 26th from 1-2 p.m., enjoy tea and conversation about your favorite book at Writers Block Bookstore. Enjoy this charming tradition on the last Monday of each month.


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