Poetry Challenge 8: In Winter in the Woods Alone

Here’s the original poem by Robert Frost. Note ‘shadowy” – a break from the otherwise perfect meter. It’s not exactly a dactyl, because under the influence of the meter, we probably turn the ‘w’ into a vowel more or less and barely pronounce the ‘o.’ Still. “In one tree’s overthrow” – It is inappropriate to…

St. Porphyrios Challenge

Last year I publicly set myself the first of several poetry-writing challenges and invited others to join me. The results have been fruitful, though modest as to participation volume. I’d like to set myself another kind of public challenge and invite the participation of others. This isn’t the kind of thing to join in out…

Using Archaisms: A Question of Good Taste

When and how should writers use archaic words? In what context, for what use, and to what effect? Some, even  most people in the writing/publishing business, will tell you that you should avoid archaic words altogether. And so you should, if you cannot be sure that you are using them artfully. But this is true of…

Stephen King’s Dark Tower is a Mind

So now, about a year after finishing the series, I have concluded that in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, the tower itself is emblematic of Stephen King’s mind – that is, of the authorial mind as it is present in the Stephen King oeuvre. So that makes the whole 7-book Dark Tower series King’s…