He wrote “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning,” and he is still writing and recording quality music.  He may be best known as Jon Voight’s brother or Angelina Jolie’s uncle, but I hope he becomes more well known for his 2009 album entitled “Yonkers NY.”  Here’s one of my favorites from the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Gqbx3gy14


See these photos of people hauling away trash in China:


Homerun of a poem

I love a good novel, history book, and essay, but poetry can convey thoughts and ideas, which may take a 300 page novel to get across.  I don’t know if this poem could be made into a 300 page novel, but it’s a quick, fun read about writing poetry.  Please check it out, support their advertisers and leave comments.


In the vein of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.”  Jeffrey Bilbro takes up Flannery O’ Connor’s call to ‘push back as hard as the age pushes against us,’ in his call-to-action poem entitled, “Whisper.”  You can view it here:


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Andy Walking

A journal that I am actively involved with has officially launched a new website with web-exclusive content.

Read the press release here: http://www.christiannewswire.com/index.php?module=releases&task=view&releaseID=7804

The Clarion Review features the works of many well know authors such as Wendell Berry, Robert P. George, Vigen Guroian, and Peter Augustine Lawler.

The Clarion also accepts unsolicited submissions and pays upon publication. So, amateur poets and writers out there – dust off your pens and paper and write something fresh for The Clarion Review.

Take some time to check out the new site: WWW.clarionreview.ORG. While you’re there – join our conversation!

Comment on an article, email one to a friend, post it on Facebook or digg it, and please subscribe to the print edition to receive exclusive content.

Here are a few suggestions to start engaging with the Clarion community:

“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

Fear of Flying a poem by Adrienne Su

Let me know your thoughts about The Clarion’s new site.


Bob Dylan

I have heard Bob Dylan’s songs for about 10 years, but I have only been listening for the last year. Dylan is not a musician; he’s an artist. He creates songs and ideas that are truly original. They are not only songs that make you say, “Yeah, I always thought that, but could never put it into words, like he just did,” but rather he makes us think of ideas, people, and life as we have never thought of them before. I don’t think Dylan’s influence could ever be quantified, and many of us have been introduced to his music and ideas through alternate avenues and not even known it, but you can’t just put Dyaln in your music rotation, you have to actively listen. Sometimes you have to reference the lyrics too, because one misheard word can change what he’s saying, so listen carefully and we’ll all be better for it.

I am interested to hear your thoughts on Bob Dylan. What are your favorite songs? What makes that song interesting to you? I am also interested in your favorite Dylan line?

One of my favorite lines is in Dylan’s TV Talkin’ Song. Singing about a TV, he says:

“It will lead you into some strange pursuits,
Lead you to the land of forbidden fruits.
It will scramble up your head and drag your brain about,
Sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing out.”

I look forward to your thoughts.