Category Archives: Moore (Marianne)

Marianne Moore and Muhammad Ali

The American poet Marianne Moore was drawn to Muhammad Ali, who died Friday. Moore wrote liner notes for an album of Ali’s spoken poetry in 1963. Her poem “The Octopus” shows why would have drawn her to the boxer.

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OMG, a Yankee-less Postseason!

Something feels wrong about no Yankee team in the postseason. Time to reminisce with a Marianne Moore poem.

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Doc, Prescribe Me a Poem

Literature as therapy, Greek tragedy as soap opera: assorted articles about lit and life.

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