Of poets and poetry

Dear Editor,

There are no primers or handbooks for poets. They are few in number but will find their way. The poetical are infinitely more numerous than any but print editors suspect.

The textbooks on prosody, once they’ve explained the nature of quantity, meter, and rhyme, are of no value. The elaborate treatments given to rhythm, especially the syllabic rhythm of English, are difficult, analytic, and not written for poets. They are to be consigned to the bookshelf, not the writing of poetry. Poetry doesn’t flow from analysis, science does. Poetry springs from observation, inspiration, life experiences.

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The velocity of money

Letter from Simon Halburian

Economy – January 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

In his “presidential platform” letter in the December issue, Slim Wolfe says “No more war, no more NATO, overseas bases, aggression, or aid, no Pentagon, no space program, no paranoid bullying. I ain’t afraid.”

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Deadwood should heat our houses

Letter from Simon Halburian

Public Lands – November 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed,

The tourists aren’t looking past our mountains here in Central Colorado and this may be the case statewide. In the last few years I have seen a noticeable decline in hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, etc. And while I don’t have statistics, I suspect the numbers are not just flat but dropping.

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