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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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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.┬áIt 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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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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Happy Words

Saucy insouciance, sufficient nonchalance… “I’m kind of sorry that I cause so much grief.” (John Ashbery) To sup with the Devil you need a long spoon. (Traditional?) Why not just paint a mustache on everything? (Response to Mount Rushmore) (Copyright … Continue reading

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Supplication

O Master, Boss, Unique and only Sir, We beg that Thine Almightiness (or His) Flex His (or Thine) unending mercy to the uttermost In righteous overlooking of our pitiable insufficiency, Created though we be by Thee, O peerless Engineer. Moreover … Continue reading

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