Author: james

Bartender Wisdom 4

Originally published in FlagLive on July 24, 2014 At the Northern Arizona Celtic Fest, I recently presented a workshop discussing the poetry of Irish writer Eavan Boland. On a sunny afternoon, under a canopy on the grass at Foxglenn Park, I talked poetics and Irish Literature with a couple dozen folks from ages six to…
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July 16, 2019 0

Bartender Wisdom 3

Originally published in FlagLive on June 23, 2016. It’s been about nine years since I began writing the Bartender Wisdom column for FlagLive. Back then, Penelope Bass was the assistant editor and the person who conceived of a bimonthly advice column by a bartender, a Dear Abbey of sorts with whiskey. It seemed intriguing, but…
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June 24, 2019 0

Bartender Wisdom 2

Originally Published in FlagLive April 2, 2015. “Put your problem in your poem,” said Robert Hass, the United States Poet Laureate, award-winning translator and legendary teacher of poetry. He said this during his lecture up at Flathead Lake in Montana in the late 1990s. I squatted in the back of the lecture hall, which was…
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June 14, 2019 0

Bartender Wisdom 1

Originally Published in FlagLive May 26th, 2016. Last week the Narrow Chimney Reading series featured one of its summer readings where writers touring through this mountain town stop in to the pub to read their latest and sign books. On Wednesday, we had a tremendous poet who hung out after his reading, signed books, and…
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June 5, 2019 0