In Defense of the Butterfly Effect: Daily fallout

The other day, a friend of mine read some poetry out loud that he was learning for an Italian class. One didn’t have to know what the words meant in order to appreciate the expressions and experience how beautiful they sounded together, the blended “r” and emphatic “l” of the language dancing around each other […]


Advice from Dead Poets (and Some Living): W.S. Merwin on waiting at a red light

Yesterday morning, I sat in the backseat of a friend’s car in downtown Boston at a red light that never turned green. I don’t mean that as an exaggeration. The chorus of blaring horns stretching for a block behind us didn’t tip us off to the fact that the light was broken. We sat with […]


Mona Kareem explores identity in poetry reading

Mona Kareem’s poetry reading on Saturday felt like a gathering of old friends. The homey atmosphere of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, which hosted the event, as well as the elaborate spread of cheese, crackers and wine in the entryway and the small-but-attentive crowd created an intimate, friendly environment. This friendly mood became even more […]


Advice from Dead Poets (and Some Living): Mary Oliver on applying for jobs

I spent Thursday afternoon stalking an internship description as if it were a crush on Facebook. I read it so many times that I had the desired qualifications memorized, and they started to feel not widely applicable but eerily personal. “I’m intellectually curious!” I thought. “I’m accurate!” I crafted my cover letter with great care, […]


Inaugural poet Richard Blanco speaks at Tufts’ annual John Holmes Memorial Poetry Reading

The poet Richard Blanco spoke to an audience of approximately 60 students, alumni and community members yesterday afternoon at the 12th John Holmes Memorial Poetry Reading in the Hirsch Reading Room of Tisch Library. During the talk, Blanco, President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet in 2013 and the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, read poetry from throughout his career and spoke about his life as […]


Frost for you

The poetry of Robert Frost undoubtedly occupies an important place in American literature. Unfortunately, much of his work has faded into academia, analyzed in English class but not otherwise enjoyed. Nevertheless, Frost primarily wrote his poems for the enjoyment of his public readership, and it is this reading pleasure above all that I would like […]


Powerful poetry

When it came to brainstorming ideas for this column, I had a bit of writer’s block. I’ve already covered my favorite weirdly organized novels and the joys of nonfiction and horror novels, so what on earth could I discuss next? In a way, I feel more and more like an official author every time I […]


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