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A free appointment with Dr. Seuss

This month we have an appointment with a very particular doctor—I mean poet. The great Dr. Seuss! Originally born Theodor Seuss Geisel, he would often say that he was saving his real name for the Great American Novel he would one day write. It might not have been true, however, since when talking to the media, he seemed to be

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Harpo Speaks Book Discussion

First of all, who is Harpo Marx? History seems to have left Harpo as silent as his performances—at least in the memories of most people. Everyone seems to remember his brother Groucho’s signature looks and quotes and most everyone has at least heard of the Marx Brothers, so logic would say, one would remember them all… right? Yet, what happens

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The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

Feature image: The Mad Crow by Roy Peak Poe… try. I mean it. Try Poe… Make Poe’s poe-try day today!  Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) is best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Being part of the Romantic Movement, Poe was one of the pioneers of the short story genre in America and he is considered

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Ami, Child of the Stars By Enrique Barrios Book Discussion

When was the last time you had an adventure so out of the ordinary that you doubted anyone would ever believe you if you told them? You still want to tell them all about it because it was so magical and wonderful, but you know that if you try then for sure you’ll be laughed at. What about telling it

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Mysterious Poetry: Nursery Rhymes

One of the weirdest forms of poetry, believe it or not, is the nursery rhyme. We rarely think of them or their meaning. We grew up memorizing these surreal lines of verse we heard from our grandmas. Some of us have even fallen asleep to them. There couldn’t possibly be some kind of weird, twisted history to them, could there?

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Book Discussion

When we were children, we all had dreams and hopes beyond the ‘ordinary.’ All little children do because they’re free to dream. No limitations have been planted into their young brains. They are still innocent. We can recover that innocence—it’s what’s commonly known as connecting with our inner child. That is an important part of our evolving process: recovering what we

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Poetry Spotlight: Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, known as Rumi, lived in Persia in the 13th Century. Besides being a poet, he was also a jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic. His poems have been translated into many languages all over the world. Rumi’s original work was mostly written in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic and Greek. His works are widely read today

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa Book Discussion

I must admit I’m cheating a little bit with this one—I haven’t read the manga book. I have watched both versions of the anime series, though. In the one released in 2003—while the manga books hadn’t been finished—the series started deviating really quickly and ended up being a totally different story altogether. Because of this, for a deeper and better

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Hidden Poetry

Most of us are unaware of the amount of poetry that surrounds us everywhere, every day. In fact, some of us even listen to hidden poetry for hours, on purpose. Sometimes we even pay for it! Yes, this even includes those who claim to have no idea about poetry, or to have no interest in it whatsoever. Guess where you’re

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The Little Prince Book Discussion

One of the most well-known stories of the 20th Century, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is often misunderstood and mistaken for a simple children’s book. This is beginning to sound familiar, isn’t it? Most of the most meaningful stories are masked as children’s stories. Probably because the deepest messages are best delivered directly into our inner child. No matter

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Painting with Words: Haikus

Since I’ve seen haikus being mentioned so many times lately on the Literative forum, I thought it might be interesting to start the poetry series by talking about them. The first impression I’ve always gotten from haikus is that of a written painting—as in the literary version of one of those Zen-like ink images. It’s hard to explain without using poetic

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Alice in Wonderland Book Discussion

“We’re all mad here!” It all starts when we fall down the rabbit hole, doesn’t it? In 2004, a documentary called “What the (bleep) do we know?” asked the question, “How deep down the rabbit hole are you willing to go?” The film itself presented many interesting theories about our purpose, where we come from, and the nature of reality. But of

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