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A Refrain Recalled

for A. A. C. “In the brave days of old,” I said at each stanza's end. I read from a book, in the cold, at a meeting of friends. I remember one thing clearly from all that I read in the cold: you murmured the last line with me, In the brave days of old.   by Amos J. Hunt This poem first ran in the ...

The Conversationalist

Our Exclusive Interview with Lance Sheary Grub Street Grackle:  Thirty years into your career, you’re still getting a lot of attention, both favorable and critical. How do you feel about your enduring celebrity status? Lance Sheary:  I don’t much notice the praise; most who speak sympathetically about me don’t seem to ...

Chaucer and the Problem With Poetry

by Rachel Shunk   When Chaucer’s bumbling narrator in the House of Fame dreams that he has been snatched up by a Dantean eagle, he supposes he is about to be carried bodily into heaven. “Thou demest of thyself amis,” the eagle assures him, deflating the narrator’s absurd mistake, which is born of fear and desire ...