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Ken Craft's poems have appeared in The Writer's Almanac, Verse Daily, Gray's Sporting Journal, Off the Coast, Slant, Spillway, and many other print and electronic journals. His latest poetry collection is Lost Sherpa of Happiness (Kelsay Books, 2017). It follows his first book, The Indifferent World, released in 2016. You can visit him at kencraftpoetry.wordpress.com. ...more

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Ken Craft Thanks for the question, Austin. I go with my instincts and teach works I like and I think my students will like. With poetry, for instance, when you …moreThanks for the question, Austin. I go with my instincts and teach works I like and I think my students will like. With poetry, for instance, when you ask students to simply mark their favorite lines, they almost always circle poetic elements, proving that good writing, identified as a literary element or not, is good writing. Thus, over time and with much reading, student writers become immersed in good literature. They begin first to imitate the work of the greats and then begin to branch off into their own styles using their own voices. The bottom line: reading feeds writing, and vice-versa.(less)
Ken Craft I like Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley, the dysfunctional drinkers in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, because they are good metaphors for so many "m…moreI like Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley, the dysfunctional drinkers in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, because they are good metaphors for so many "modern couples." They can but they can't. They love each other but they don't. And they try but they fail.

To me, that's realistic stuff as opposed to all the sweeping romance you find in so many "happy" couples found in books. Can we replace Tolstoy's "All happy families are alike..." with "All happy couples are alike..."? If so, "All unhappy couples are unhappy in their own way."

I also like the end note Jake and Brett finish on. It's this memorable line: "Isn't it pretty to think so?" I've often thought that MANY things in life come down to that summation. Pretty to think so, but just not the case. (less)
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Go Deep! Go Wild!

If you’re a FB person, I invite you to visit Deep Wild Journal’s Facebook Page, where they featured my poem “Thoreau Knows” yesterday to commemorate Henry David’s 203rd birthday. The poem will appear in the print journal, Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, the 2020 issue, which is scheduled to be released any day now. As …

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Lee is 32% done with Ulysses: Unsheathe your dagger definitions. Horseness is the whatness of allhorse. Streams of tendency and eons they worship. God: noise in the street: very peripatetic. Space: what you damn well have to see. Through spaces smaller than red globules of man’s blood they creepycrawl after Blake’s buttocks into eternity of which this vegetable world is but a shadow. Hold to the now, through which all future plunges to the past.
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Steven Godin is on page 62 of 180 of Eyewitness Auschwitz: The presents smuggled into the women's camp, whether bread, margarine, silk stockings, strange commodity in these surroundings — French perfume, had belonged to people who were no longer alive. But to those still living and suffering they gave some little solace and comfort in their daily struggle with a very harsh life.
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Jola is on page 48 of 100 of The Books That Devoured My Father: 'My father loved literature above all else. He would hide a book beneath such things as tax statements, declarations of a change to personal details, and other equally illustrious documents, and would then read discreetly, meanwhile pretending to be working.'

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More of Ken's books…
“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

“This too shall pass.”
Hakim Sanai

“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

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..”
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 43: by Cheryl

Cheryl Kennedy Thanks for the group invite. Unfortunately, I'm scheduled tightly to meet my 2020 goal. Cheryl


message 42: by Ken

Ken Butt in all you want, Poppy. Always good to hear your voice. I think I bought The Power of One for my son many moons ago. It sits now in my classroom library for 8th graders....


message 41: by Poppy

Poppy S. wrote: "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, onc..."


Butting in here to recommend THE POWER of ONE. I constantly give my non-reading grandsons books they probably never open - but someday, they might!!! So I have queried all my still-living relatives about their favorite books and passed along their opinions to my boys. AND, I have given them a little book by Einstein in hopes the size of the book will intrigue them!!!


message 40: by Ken

Ken Knausgaard junkies. I like that. And I think I'd enjoy having a beer with good ole Karl Ove, too....


Caterina Thanks for the friend request, Ken! Uh oh, it appears we are both Knausgaard junkies. I like the other books we have in common as well. Look forward to your reviews. I'm a bit spotty in my attendance here but try to read and comment on at least some of each friend's reviews.


message 38: by Ken

Ken New blood is always good. And necessary!


message 37: by Aaron

Aaron Hard to believe this place is a decade old... and I'm only now getting on it.


message 36: by Ken

Ken Lisa wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Ken. I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts on The Odyssey and will look at your bookshelves and read some of your other reviews. I've kept my friends list small, so..."

Understand completely. Social networks (Twitter, FB, Instagram, et al) are like Sirens that suck you in. It's why I don't bother with a cellphone (the Queen Siren). This is it. GR. And, as you say, it, too, can become a time suck because it's all about my favorite addiction, books!

See you on the boards....


message 35: by Lisa

Lisa Lieberman Thanks for the friend request, Ken. I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts on The Odyssey and will look at your bookshelves and read some of your other reviews. I've kept my friends list small, so I can engage with people here. At the current moment, it's tempting to escape into Goodreads whenever I leave my own fictional world . . .


message 34: by Ken (last edited Nov 17, 2017 04:31PM)

Ken Majenta wrote: "Hello, Ken! Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a great weekend! Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta"


Thank you, Majenta, for all the well wishes and blessings. I like 'em! My books like 'em! I look forward to reading your reviews...

Erwin wrote: "Hi Ken, thank you for the invite and you recommendation.I haven't read Huck Finn yet but it is on my wish list (and is already present in my book case :) )"

What? I found someone who hasn't read Huck Finn? Annus mirabilis, as they used to say. Glad it's on your shelf, though. Good luck with the dialect. When the day comes, I mean.


message 33: by Majenta

Majenta Hello, Ken! Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a great weekend! Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


message 32: by Erwin

Erwin Hi Ken, thank you for the invite and you recommendation.I haven't read Huck Finn yet but it is on my wish list (and is already present in my book case :) )


message 31: by Ken

Ken Agnieszka wrote: "Greetings from Poland , Ken ! Thanks for the friend invite and here's to future bookish interactions !"

Dzien dobry, Agnieszka! I am 1/4 Polish so know just enough to earn an eye roll from my Polish friends. I look forward to your reviews, comments, etc.


Agnieszka Greetings from Poland , Ken ! Thanks for the friend invite and here's to future bookish interactions !


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.


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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 Mir

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

Congrats on the publication!


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

Winger
Boy Nobody
Runner
[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:

Winger
Boy Nobody
Runner
Soldier Boys
Soldier X
Boy21
Peak
Little Brother
The Recruit
The Son
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
Shelter
The 5th Wave

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


Sarah J. 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.


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Ken S. wrote: "You may enjoy this clutter spoof: http://the-toast.net/2015/02/24/get-r..."

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....)


Sarah J. You may enjoy this clutter spoof: http://the-toast.net/2015/02/24/get-r...


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!

Gabi"


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!

Gabi


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. :)


Sarah J. 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.


Sarah J. 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).


Sarah J. 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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