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Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Poet

December 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature, Top Stories

This is the fourth monthly column by full-time lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. 1,182 words What makes poetry, poetry? Ask that question of a dozen poets, scholars or readers and you’ll get as many different answers, maybe more. Some won’t be muc...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry – Column 3

David Lucas, Poet

November 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

This the third monthly column by full-time Case Western Reserve University lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. “I never got poetry,” someone says to me again.  And I sigh. Because I never got it either—at least, not until I learned to s...

Best selling authors Judy Blume and Daniel Handler meet at Maltz

Best selling authors Judy Blume and Daniel Handler meet at Maltz

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Poetry & Literature, Top Stories

Two giants of children's literature, Judy Blume and Daniel Handler, the latter who uses the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, met at Maltz Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The two came to Cleveland as part of the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series. Their conversation was the hi...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Poet Laurete

October 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Poetry & Literature, Top Stories

This the second monthly column by full-time Case Western Reserve University lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. This is a love story. This is the story that led me here, writing to you about how and why I fell in love with poetry, and what I think yo...

“Artemis” fails to meet stellar expectations

Mariah Sickler, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Published in 2011, Andy Weir’s first novel, “The Martian,” went viral, enjoying a level of success rarely experienced by books that were first self-published. Last month, he followed it up with his sophomore work, “Artemis,” which focuses on a heist. What sets “Artemis” apart, though, is...

Political action you never knew you wanted

Mariah Sickler, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Editor’s Note: The Observer’s November book recommendation is Daniel O’Malley’s “The Rook,” a supernatural action novel that combines a British bureaucracy with mystery and comedy. Pick it up if you’re looking for a distraction between midterms or over break. Imagine the two scariest...

“Turtles All the Way Down” gives insight

Mariah Sickler, Contributing Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

“Turtles All the Way Down” is John Green’s latest novel aimed at the young adult audience. Despite its complicated issues being handled well, the book’s weak plot and somewhat poor writing at times may leave many readers wanting more. This time, the story centres around a high-school student who ha...

“Clockwork Futures” studies the history of steampunk

Mariah Sickler, Contributing Reporter

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

“Technology is at the intersection of what we fear and what we want to fight,” said author Brandy Schillace. On Sept. 22, Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History and Schillace gave an unforgettable lecture at the launch of her new book “Clock...

“Imperial Radch” asks uncomfortable questions, but in space

Mariah Sickler, Contributing Reporter

September 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Even artificial intelligences need to feel to make logical decisions. In Ann Leckie’s award-winning “Imperial Radch” series, a hive mind-like AI is forced into a single body and made to do the unthinkable. Furious, the AI swears to take revenge. The only problem is that its most hated enemy is...

When they were young

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter

December 2, 2016


Filed under Poetry & Literature

Many works of fiction, though they create universes that parallel ours, provide deep insights into the human psyche. "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is one such work. The first of the Neapolitan Novels, "My Brilliant Friend" is a hauntingly honest look at the development of social relationshi...

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