Sir Phillip Sidney on Writer’s Block, Renaissance Style

In sonnet one of Astrophil and Stella (1591) by sixteenth-century courtier and author, Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), the poem’s speaker (Astrophil) struggles for ‘fit words’ to convey his heartache to his lover.  In the closing couplet, the speaker’s muse weighs in with sound advice for anyone with writer’s block, particularly anyone feeling constrained by conventions or the … Continue reading Sir Phillip Sidney on Writer’s Block, Renaissance Style

Conundrum Stage’s “SpeakOut”

Sometimes the best things in life really are free, though I would have gladly paid admission to see some of the many deep and daring performances delivered Saturday night at “The SpeakOut,” a spoken word event presented by Conundrum Stages at 18 Rabbit Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale.  The creative mastermind behind this well-attended event, Executive Producer, Kevin … Continue reading Conundrum Stage’s “SpeakOut”

England Appoints First Female Poet Laureate in History of Position

England Appoints First Female Poet Laureate in History of Position After centuries of young men performing female roles on the English stage, Charles II ascended the throne in 1660 and in the same year, officially authorized women players to perform their own parts.  349 years have passed since this historic and proto-feminist event, and England … Continue reading England Appoints First Female Poet Laureate in History of Position