Category Archives: Commentary

Opinion or analysis concerning whatever’s on my mind.

Happy Words

A word is a terrible thing to lose. Rescued Words by Wallace Stevens: fubbed gobbet diaphanes pannicles carked rapey cantilena fiscs phylactery princox funest Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

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Facing Facebook

I haven’t deleted Facebook. That would amount to locking the door after the assassin has entered the house. I open FB in order to dismiss notifications. Then I quickly exit, like slamming a window shut to keep a hornet from … Continue reading

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Make Intelligent Mistakes

Make intelligent mistakes. (No idea who said this.) What interests me about rhyming is how it can force you to say something that you didn’t intend to say. It can make your poem go in a new direction. It may not … Continue reading

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Untimely Splooge?

As a twenty-something aspiring writer I felt I was duty bound to tilt at every convention I could locate, and to speak unvarnishedly about it. I had read Burroughs and Berryman and Updike. Regrettably, one redoubt I chose briefly to … Continue reading

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The Snout

The snout of a maintainer is a blunt piece of overstatement at the insect level. What’s not to love? No wonder so many movie monsters have been buggish. It’s cold comfort, yet assuaging, to reflect that when we mammals croak … Continue reading

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Happy Words

A ninja of the recondite… Queasy pudding… Codwalloping colossus… Like Puritans and Papists… In Shakespeare’s “King Henry IV, Part 2,” when the King says the rebels are fifty-thousand strong, Warwick gently chides him saying, “Rumour doth double, like the voice … Continue reading

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Angry Words

Quasi-Scatological Invective Chrestomathy Index Headwords — Skullduggery — Tomfoolery — Shutterbuggery — Heilraising — Pettifogging — Bunkerhunkering — Duckrupturing (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

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