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Ken Craft

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Ken Craft is a writer living west of Boston. He has taught high school and middle school English and social studies in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in The Writer's Almanac, Gray's Sporting Journal, Off the Coast, Slant, Spillway, Angle Journal of Poetry, and many other print and electronic journals. He's a fan of northern New England, maple syrup, and his wife and children. At present he is teaching and working on a second book.

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The crutch. It’s a mighty symbol, one I see frequently in the lives around me as well as in my own. But when it comes to writing, the crutch must be reckoned with.

Let’s start with Tiny Tim. The little guy needs his crutch. For him, it is a powerful symbol generating sympathy and tears, especially after he’s gone and only the crutch remains for Christmas dinner. But Tiny Tim wasn’t a writer. He...

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“Drinking people are loud people. This is lost
on children, who make monkey bars of noise,
climbing through and over its steel pipes
until they king the metal smell of mountain.”
Ken Craft, The Indifferent World

“You see them in the mercury
light of water, the expanding
orbs of silver where trout
breathe. You hear
them in the sleepy kiss
of rainfall on pine
needles, smell them
as if they were snow
to the west.”
Ken Craft, The Indifferent World

“In the dog days, when Altair and Deneb
set toward western waters, Vega
flaring in their starry wake, the choir
of peepers and crickets melds liquid
to languid; the first maple leaves ripen
and curl to red fists; pine needles spread
gold scripture across the water;
nuthatch feet circle tree trunks--
gentle scriveners
scribing the dawn of dying days.”
Ken Craft, The Indifferent World

“This too shall pass.”
مجدود بن آدم سنائی

“Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”
Mark Twain

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

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message 29: by Ken

Ken Thank you, Cindy. I wrote a lot in the summer, of course. And suffering insomnia has a silver lining, too. For writing, I mean. (Certainly not for teaching!)

message 28: by Cindy

Cindy Newton Ken/NewEngland, I just wanted to congratulate you. To have written something worthy of publication is estimable; to have done so while teaching is a laudable accomplishment, indeed! I felicitate you, and I look forward to reading it.

message 27: by Ken

Ken Miriam wrote: "Any friend of Roger Zelazny.... ;)

Congrats on the publication!"

Thanks, Miriam. I actually tracked down the whole set of Zelazny's Amber series for my classroom library. Alas, the students who tried it weren't as impressed. Kids these days!

message 26: by Miriam

Miriam Any friend of Roger Zelazny.... ;)

Congrats on the publication!

message 25: by S.

S. Newengland wrote: "At 17, he can start enjoying some plot-rich books for adults, too. Anyway, some possibilities for browsing:

Boy Nobody
[book:Soldier Bo..."

Thank you! Somehow I missed this when you posted it. I will check those all out.

message 24: by Ken

Ken At 17, he can start enjoying some plot-rich books for adults, too. Anyway, some possibilities for browsing:

Boy Nobody
Soldier Boys
Soldier X
Little Brother
The Recruit
The Son
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
The 5th Wave

Happy shopping (and reading) to He'll-Be-a-Reader-Yet!

message 23: by S.

S. Hi - I'm shopping again for YA recommendations for my reluctant just-turned-17 year old son! He's promised to read this summer but isn't interested in my enthusiastic offerings. He loved that Labyrinth series a couple or 3 years ago. In general I need something not brand-new, since it won't have been translated into German yet. Thanks! Hope you're enjoying a reading summer yourself.

message 22: by Ken

Ken S. wrote: "You may enjoy this clutter spoof:"

Now there's a woman who gets it. (Hold on, my coffee mug is speaking to me, only I'm not sure I understand its language....)

message 21: by S.

S. You may enjoy this clutter spoof:

message 20: by Ken

Ken Gabi wrote: "I forgot the most important reason for asking you to be friends: I like you.

You make me laugh! You have a dry humor that I appreciate and I suspect your pupils do, too!


Well shucks thanks, Gabs. You're pretty funny yourself at times! And one hella artist!

message 19: by Gabi

Gabi Fuller I forgot the most important reason for asking you to be friends: I like you.

You make me laugh! You have a dry humor that I appreciate and I suspect your pupils do, too!


message 18: by Cecily

Cecily Hi Newengland.

Thanks for the friends request. I confess that because I follow you, I had forgotten that we weren't already friends. :)

message 17: by Kris

Kris Hee hee. :)

I took many naps on Saturday, and as a result mucked up my sleep schedule. We'll see if I can get back on track.

And my reading progress took a real nosedive last week. I didn't even try to read much - just hung on for the ride. :)

message 16: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much for the friend request! I also got a bit tangled up in windmills. :)

message 15: by S.

S. Laugh! Love your Moby pic.

message 14: by Ken

Ken Whoa, another reader is born! Only now I'm dying to know which four.

Also, there are more (recs) where those came from. Just shout when you need them.

message 13: by S.

S. Hey NE,
I wanted to thank you for the book recommendations for my son. He read FOUR of them in April.

message 12: by Ken

Ken Ha! Your hatred only gets to play for 12 days. Then you can go back to being smug about mid-May releases vs. late June ones (sigh)....

message 11: by Ellen

Ellen I might have gloated when we were done in mid-May, but we're pretty much back at work now. I hate you :).

message 10: by Ken

Ken List coming your way, postal express (ipso fasto, as they say in Rome).

message 9: by S.

S. Hi NE -
Maybe you could recommend some books for me to push on my 12-year old son. He's a semi-reluctant reader, i.e. it's hard labor getting him to pick something up, but if the story is good, once he's into it, he's very happy.
He liked Harry Potter, and just finished the Rick Riordan books with Percy Jackson. It would have to be something fairly popular, since it'll have to have been translated into German.
I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
thanks, sarah

message 8: by Ken

Ken Merci Merwin, Sarah! I'll give you some feedback when I have time to digest them alone....

message 6: by Joy

Joy Thanks for the add Newengland! I've never been to your neck of the woods - hope to get there one day..:)

message 5: by Jason

Jason Beat me to the punch--I planned to send you a request when I got back on. So--thanks! It'll be cool to trade thoughts and recs and all that. cheers!

message 4: by Ken

Ken Selective? Curmudgeonly is more like it. I'm still in "remedial friending" class.

-- Fellow Hamsun fan

message 3: by Ken (last edited Oct 29, 2009 04:11PM)

Ken Ben... glad you "laked" the Lago Maggiore scene in AFTA. Sorry, just saw your 7/26 comment today (8/4).

Alex-- Nope. Never heard tell of the Carmody books. Looks like a British publisher. Only a 3.49 rating from 95 reviewers, too. Must be some of the kiddies disagree! (Are the kiddies members of GR, one wonders?)

message 2: by Ben

Ben That flight across the lake was awesome. Awesome, indeed.

Debbie Newengland, I salute you!

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