Book review: Brevity of Twit, by KD Rose

Fun and poignant!


I have to admit, I’ve never really understood poetry. I’m not sure what it is about it…the overwhelming subjectivity, the rigidity of form, or the air of pretentiousness that frustrates me the most. To me, it feels like the modern art version in a literary format: it could mean literally anything or nothing, and my dog could probably do it.

But when KD Rose tweeted at me and asked me to review her short book, The Brevity of Twit, Poetry in 140 Characters, I readily agreed. She was writing her poems in tweets, a delightful, modern twist on the traditional poetical structure. For some reason, this was something that really piqued my interest. How do you write a poem in 140 characters? Do you include hashtags? Do you dare truncate, or (gasp!) use numbers or single characters instead of whole words? And does the nature of the Twitter feed

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My Child’s Photo was Used in an Offensive Corporate Campaign


So Here's Us...

I was sitting beside my daughter’s bed in the Pediatric Oncology Clinic when I found out. She’s in her eighth month of chemotherapy, with nineteen more to go. This week has been particularly brutal. We had rushed her to the hospital last night when she spiked a fever. Again.

Every small setback takes a toll, but she doesn’t let it keep her down for long. She’s tough. Tough and sweet and feisty, and a thousand unique qualities all her own. She is the joy of our life.

She also has Down Syndrome, a fact that seems to matter more to other people than it does to us. I often write about her on my little blog. Anecdotes and opinions, stories of our busy life for a small, but encouraging group of readers. I never refer to my children by name, and rarely post pictures of them. But once was all…

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The Princes in the Tower; The Defence Case for Henry VII

Love this take on it.

The Princes in the Tower is one of British history’s greatest tragedies and has long been a spectre looming large over the English Middle Ages in particular. Two young brothers, one 12-years-old and the other just 10, were forcibly removed from public view shortly after their father’s death and were never seen again. The reason this story has resonated through history is for the fact that these two children happened to be Royal Princes; in fact, in the case of the elder child, Edward, he was no longer a Prince but a King. As the only male children of King Edward IV, upon their father’s death at Westminster in 1483 they became the highest ranking nobles in the realm, Edward ascending to the throne as King Edward V whilst his brother becoming the Heir presumptive and maintaining his status as the dual Duke of York and Norfolk. Although still children…

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