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Poem, Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, and Gotham

Lately I’ve become obsessed with poems that have the title “Poem”. There was one in a recently assigned section of The Norton Introduction to Literature (Shorter 11th Edition) in my English 300 class. It’s by Frank O’Hara, and it is on page 678 of the Norton book, if anyone else is following along for some freaking reason. It’s a poem about Lana Turner collapsing. Yup. Celebrities who go off the deep end, like Amanda Bynes’s nose, Nicole Scherzinger’s face, or any other celebrity who’s had an interesting headline are all totes fair game here. I guess the poem sort of leaves us with that feeling that we all get when we see a stupid headline about someone famous online or in the checkout isle.

Another poem we discussed in class a few days ago “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”, by Robert Browning. The religious overtones, the Gr-r-r-ing, the eating, the other stuff… I guess we didn’t discuss it as much as we read it in class and to ourselves a few times. I’ll admit, more thought needs to go into this poem on my end. I “sparknoted” the poem after reading it a few times, and this is what I’ve come up with; you should really think about being a monk before you decide to become a monk.

After reading about thirty pages of poems, I had to take a break from the Norton book again. Actually, I took a break from all books today. The highlight of my day was getting to finally watch Monday’s episode of Gotham, which was the best episode of the show so far in my opinion. I have an assignment to do for my creative writing class, as well as a few other tv shows to catch up on. I also still need to get that second source of income situation sorted out.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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