April 30, 2010

Posted as a Tweet (roughly a limerick)

Posted as a Tweet
by Brockeim

140 char's, that is all
post too much, Twitter may fall
So I say things quite curt
and jokes which might hurt
such is the nonsense I scrawl.

April 27, 2010

Beauty's Limit

"There is not such a thing as too much beauty," Nero Wolfe, on page 94 of Rex Stout's Fer-de-Lance.

What do you think?

April 24, 2010

Of Nero Wolfe, I Approve

The character of Nero Wolfe exemplifies the richness of life. I think I would have liked to have had a beer with him. I think we would have many.

Search Amazon.com for Rex Stout

April 21, 2010

Popular Poetry in a Poetically Illiterate Society

My response to The Best-Seller Babe: Amazon + The Poetry Foundation Duke Out Poetry

Billy Collins isn't the problem. The problem is that he is all we have. Maya Angelou, too, is not a poet's poet. Like Collins, she avoids forms and writes easy poems. This is not suggesting these are not skilled poets, but they offer the reader few challenges. The reader, unfortunately, isn't seeking to be challenged.

There are few opportunities for public poetry. We need to make the most of them. The travesty of the Presidential Inauguration poem was that, frankly, the poem stunk. No, this isn't Obama's fault or a political statement. However, on the grandest stage for poetry, nothing happened worth remembering.

Literary publications are too academic and inbred, or too unprofessional, willing to publish anything. There are good publications, like Poetry Magazine, and other pubs like the New Yorker buying poetry each month. What if newspapers bought and published something in between Collins and TS Eliot?


Brockeim: Reviews, Romance, Poetry, Coffee

To Nancy, Wherever You Are, Happy Birthday

The real Nancy, based on several people with other names. One celebrated her birthday today. I have not seen or heard from her in over 25 years.

Happy birthday. I hope somewhere, you are enjoying a good meal as we so often did. Try the prime rib. But you know Bill makes it better than anyone, and our restaurant is long gone.

April 18, 2010

Justin Bieber? Jonas Brothers?

Justin Bieber? Jonas Brothers? Why not Leif Garrett or Shaun Cassidy? They are all just posters on the wall to be forgotten in 20 years.
-Tweet by Brockeim
Love is fickle. Especially teenage love. Especially teenage love based on heavily marketed personas.

Farrah Fawcett was beautiful, but ultimately, no one cared after they realized she was not smart. This isn't a question of character, but simply of attraction.

Mel Gibson everyone loved, and even more so as he boldly stood up for his Christian faith, but when he announced in drunken episode racial remarks, he was nothing. Nothing.

Garrett and Cassidy? Heartthrobs of the preteen set many years ago. No scandals ruined them. Just forgotten as their posters faded on the walls as the girls fell in love with men they would marry, not pretend to dance with on lonely Friday nights at age 12.

Enjoy it all, the romance, the dream. And may you never compare whomever becomes your one true love with a poster boy, no matter how cute he is.

Shaun Cassidy "Hey Deanie"

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April 13, 2010


Greater words were never written.
Skywriting Brockeim