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[6-16-2009 Update Insert: Most of what is in this space is now moot. I found out what I was doing wrong and have reinstated Archives and Labels searches. They do work. However, in certain cases you may prefer Labels to Archives. Example: 1976 Today begins in November of 2006 and concludes in December of 2006, but there are other related posts in other months. Note: Labels only shows 20 posts at a time. There are 21 hubs, making 21 (which is for 1976 Today) an older hub.] ********************************* to my online poems and song lyrics using Archives. Use hubs for finding archival locations but do not link through them. Originally an AOL Journal, where the archive system was nothing like the system here, this blog was migrated from there to here in October of 2008. Today (Memorial/Veteran's Day, May 25, 2009) I discovered a glitch when trying to use a Blogger archive. Now, it may be template-related, but I am unable to return to S M or to the dashboard once I am in the Archives. Therefore, I've decided on this approach: a month-by-month post guide. The sw you see in the codes here stood for Salchert's Weblog when I began it in November of 2006. It later became Sprintedon Hollow. AOL provided what were called entry numbers, but they weren't consistent, and they didn't begin at the first cardinal number. That is why the numbers after "sw" came to be part of a post's code. ************** Here then is the month-by-month post guide: *2006* November: 00001 through 00046 - December: 00047 through 00056 -- *2007* January: 00057 through 00137 - February: 00138 through 00241 - March: 00242 through 00295 - April: 00296 through 00356 - May: 00357 through 00437 - June: 00438 through 00527 - July: 00528 though 00550 - August: 00551 through 00610 - September: 00611 through 00625 - October: 00626 through 00657 - November: 00658 through 00729 - December: 00730 through 00762 -- *2008* January: 00763 through 00791 - February: 00792 through 00826 - March: 00827 through 00849 - April: 00850 through 00872 - May: 00873 through 00907 - June: 00908 through 00931 - July: 00932 through 00955 - August: 00956 through 00993 - September 00994 through 01005 - October: 01006 through 01007 - November: 01008 through 01011 - December: 01012 through 01014 -- *2009* January: 01015 through 01021 - February: 01022 through 01028 - March: 01029 through 01033 - April: 01034 through 01036 - May: 01037 through 01044 - ******************************************************* 1976 Today: 2006/11 and 2006/12 -- Rooted Sky 2007: 2007/01/00063rsc -- Postures 2007: 2007/01/sw00137pc -- Sets: 2007/02/sw00215sgc -- Venturings: 2007/03/00216vc -- The Undulant Trees: 2007/03/00266utc -- This Day's Poem: 2007/03/00267tdpc -- Autobio: 2007/04/sw00316ac -- Fond du Lac: 2007/04/00339fdl -- Justan Tamarind: 2007/05/sw00366jtc -- Prayers in December: 2007/05/sw00393pindc -- June 2007: 2007/06/sw00440junec -- Seminary: 2007/07/sw00533semc -- Scatterings: 2008/08/00958sc ** Song Lyrics: 2008/02/sw00797slc ********** 2009-06-02: Have set S M to show 200 posts per page. Unfortunately, you will need to scroll to nearly the bottom of a page to get to the next older/newer page.


Friday, April 27, 2007


Autobio In the beginning was the nerd (which rhymes with "word"), and I was that nerd. So, it all began with nursery rhymes, and then there was Poe (because we had a set of his works in our house); but the first poet I consciously tried to learn from was Charles Peguy, which was while I was in high school. Later in high school, Roman poets were an influence, particularly Publius Vergilius Maro. During my only year at the physical Marquette University/ Dante Alighieri became the center of my attention. I wrote a term paper about him. During my less than two seminary years, Gerard Manley Hopkins held sway. Then it was on to numerous others: Shakespeare (of course) being one of them, but Keats was the one who most entranced me. In 1962 I wrote a sonnet to each of them. Though "Ozymandias" cleaved to the farawayness in my soul, I was more drawn to Shelley's statement about poets being the "unacknowledged legislators of the world" than I was to his poems. Later it was T. S. Eliot, both for his intelligence and sonority. Prufrock? There were moments when I saw myself as a kind of Prufrock. To me "The Wasteland" was on a par with Igor Stravinky's "Rite of Spring" and "The Firebird": too innovative to readily appreciate. The meditative flow of "The Four Quartets"/ however/ spoke deeply to me. My "The Mind Has Seasons Out of Time" villanelle was one result of Eliot's influence. Auden was another influence, as were numerous others, many of whom were not English-language poets. I will say this: trying to/ imitate Hopkins/ is a venial sin. For the most part I did not attempt to imitate any other writer. There were special instances, though. Four poets in those situations were: Vachel Lindsay, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. Although I may be wrong, I tend to see myself as a writer who is difficult to locate, especially when one considers how easily I went from continuing my tightly rhymed Onefor fantasy epic to creating my loose blank verse Fond du Lac lyric narrative. It could be said of me: He sure was (and is) willing to/ take risks. Brian A. J. Salchert

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