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My June 14th Poetry Reading with Adam A. Wilcox

Happy 30th Anniversary, Writers & Books!!!

Put together a poet/foodie and a poet/oenophile, and what do you get?
A banquet of tastes, textures, and sensory delights for the literary palate.

The Genesee Reading Series, with impresario Wanda Schubmehl, continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring Tom Holmes and Adam A. Wilcox.

Tom HolmesTom Holmes (that’s me) is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. He is also author of After Malagueña (FootHills Publishing, 2005), Negative Time (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Pre-Dew Poems (FootHills Publishing, 2008), Henri, Sophie, & the Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex (BlazeVOX Books, 2009), The Oldest Stone in the World (Amsterdam Press, 2011), and Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press, forthcoming). He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared on Verse Daily and has also appeared in Blue Earth Review, Chiron Review, Crab Creek Review, The Delmarva Review, The G. W. Review, Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, New Delta Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Orange Coast Review, Rockhurst Review, San Pedro River Review, Santa Clara Review, South Carolina Review, Sugar House Review, Swarthmore Review, and many other journals that don’t have “Review” in their name. His current poetry book reviews and writing about wine and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break:, which is right here!

Adam A. WilcoxAdam A. Wilcox is President and founder of Writ Wilcox, an information design company. Before that, he was a radio producer, curriculum developer, manager of technical documentation, and instructional designer for e-learning, and also ran an entrepreneurial custom-courseware business.

His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Colorado Review, Cairn, and Folio, among other journals. For eight years, he wrote the “Gut Instincts” food column for Rochester City Newspaper, and currently writes for and edits

He also plays bass for The Dan Eaton Band and leads the Saturday Service Band at First Unitarian Church of Rochester. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his choreographer wife, Anne Harris Wilcox, their three home-schooled children, and their Bernese mountain dog.

The Genesee Reading Series will be held at Writers & Books, located at 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 7:30 pm. Admission is $3 for members and $6 for the general public.

Download the PDF flier for more information: Holmes Wilcox Genesee Reading Series 6-14-11.

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Today’s Favorite Blogs, or How I Love Oxford … and Words … and Reverend Walter W. Skeat

Today I found three blogs I liked, no, loved right away. I loved them so much, I added a new blog roll category, Language Roll. (Look. It’s over there on the right. Scroll down a bit.)

@OxfordWords suddenly appeared on my Twitter feed (@TheLineBreak). The link led me to this article: Monthly Gleanings: February 2011. Oh, it was love at first syllable. The first parts of the blog entry were about split infinitives and verb agreement. Upon reading I was like, “Oh man, these are like the conversations I have in my head, but now they are coming from this guy’s head.”

Anatoly Liberman

Anatoly Liberman

Then. Then. Real joy. He started talking about etymologies and my favorite etymologist, Reverend Walter Skeat.

Reverend Walter W. Skeat

Reverend Walter W. Skeat

Liberman then wrote another thought I’ve had:

I never miss the chance of expressing my admiration for Skeat, and I am sorry that no one has published a full-length biography of this great man.

Right on, brother Liberman! Word!

(By the way, I once created a school of poetry based on Skeats. I called it Skeatsism. Also, James Joyce’s favorite book was? . . .  That’s right – Skeats’s An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. I don’t know what edition this is in the preceding link to Amazon. Oh believe me. It matters. You can tell which edition Joyce was using in Ulysses because of his underlying etymological meanings and puns. I think Joyce had the second edition. I have the third, which corrects, among other things, the etymology for cancer (a clue to Joyce using the second edition), and then there is a fourth edition, which is probably the one on Amazon in the link. I love mine. My parents got it for me for a gift. I don’t know how they found it in the early 90s before the Internet, but thanks Ma and Pa. It’s a life-changing book. My copy is just a black hardcover book. 8.5″ x 11″ with a now broken spine and pages clinging to that spine for dear life. It even has some Indo-European roots in the back. This reminds me of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (third and fourth editions). It has good etymologies and a great Indo-European dictionary in the back. More love. Swoon. (By the way, the link is to another version of the fourth edition. My looks different, and I got mine way before 2006, which is the listed release date. I like how in the “S” section, the word on the recto page header is “sincere”, and below is picture of O. J. Simpson.

O. J. Simpson


Just a funny accident of language and layout, at least in my fourth edition.))

Back to the blogs.

Then I scrolled down to learn who was writing this article, which you now know is Anatoly Liberman. There was a brief bio, which I immediately respected. There was also one link I clicked: The Oxford Etymologist.

Are you kidding?! A blog about etymology and updated every Wednesday. My heart was a flutter.

Then I clicked around and found the Oxford University Press’s blog.


It’s a warehouse of blogs, including: Current Events, Economics, History, Leisure, Literature, Reference, Religion, and Science. If it wasn’t for football, I wouldn’t need any other website.

So there are two blogs: The Oxford Etymologist and the Oxford University Press’s blog. And then I think #OxfordWords also tweeted a link to this post: Between you and me. I hate when people say, “Between you and I.” Dude! Objective case, please. Thank you.

Then I clicked the Better Writing link near the top on the left. Holy cow, Batman. Stuff about grammar, spelling, punctuation, and practical writing. I nearly fainted.

My love has been adequately expressed. I hope you enjoy these blogs, too.//

The Cave (Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.)

The Cave

Poems for an Empty Church

Poems for an Empty Church

The Oldest Stone in the World

The Oldest Stone in the Wolrd

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Pre-Dew Poems

Pre-Dew Poems

Negative Time

Negative Time

After Malagueña

After Malagueña

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