Category Archives: Robinson (Edward Arlington)

Poetic Excuses for Losing at Tennis

Between the motion and the act of my tennis game falls the shadow. Translation: too much thinking.

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Poetry in a Time of Mourning

Poetry by E. A. Robinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay played a key role in my cousin’s memorial service.

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The Favorite Books of American Presidents

I’ve had fun discussing the reading of Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas over the last couple of days, and while I’ve come up dry on further posts about the Supreme Court and literature, it has given me the idea of periodically dipping into reading stories of other political figures. I’ll start a list here, beginning […]

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