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  • Rev. George S. Delano, Maine Poet
    Poetry can reveal personal histories, providing much about authors and their lives, and at times, events surrounding certain poems and recipient(s). These intriguing histories often involve searching family genealogies, tracing […]
  • Sister Muriel, Poetic Character
    Where poetic voices originate is a curious question, with potentially as many answers as poets (writers) themselves. Lest they vanish into aether, I usually do not dissect these voices. Many […]
  • Poetry, Year-End Review 2016
    Poetry is my life, and my life is poetry… To readers of my poetry, please accept grateful “Thank-You!” You have kept me going more than you know. Kind words and […]
  • Altamura – Literary Term
    Altamura – In poetry or prose, when dialogue of two characters merge as one. Typically, one is living, the other dead. Thoughts of the dead character merge with those of […]
  • Dialogue at the Diner
    Maine lobstermen having breakfast, interaction with the waitress… “Do you have raisin bread left?” “We’re done with raisin bread.” “Coffee?” “Heard her come in last night.” “Make-n-break, one lunger.” “Two-mast schooner, […]
  • Poetic Characters, Enduring
    In a recent blog, I wrote about transient poetic characters. This post pertains to enduring characters, those who continue from poem-to-poem, demonstrating personal and spiritual growth through their versed journeys […]
  • Poetic Characters, Transient
    Between poems, I oft consider ephemeral nature of poetic characters, who and what they are, (not necessarily where they originate), but their brief lives on printed pages. Generally, most are […]
  • Poetry, Year-End Review 2015
    Poetry is my life, and my life is poetry. Clear-voice muses were loud and true during 2015. With readers by my side, favorable winds stretched our sails, plowing waves of […]
  • “The Iliad” Opening Stanza: Poetic Interpretations
    On this winter morning when the sea is galing wild and sand is streaking on the beach, I turned to Clark’s copy of The Iliad to explore translations of masters: […]
  • Poetry, Year-End Review 2014
    Last year was a poetry-productive year, as I wrote ~ 280 poems. This review will focus on historical poetry sub-headings: “Greek-Ægean,” “Viking-Norse,” and “Arctic-Nunavut.” Since May of this year, I have […]
  • Sosibios – Literary Term
    Sosibios – a literary term where two or more historical figures of differing time periods converse in prose or poetry. This term is named after Sosibios, the neo-Attic Athenian sculptor who […]
  • Hayes Association Signatures
    Examination of first edition “The Open Polar Sea,” 1867: This is an update on four “Hayes” signatures found in this copy of OPS. After conducting Internet searches, these signatures may be those family […]
  • Rare Maine Discoveries
    A trip to Maine would not be totally successful without discovering a rare book of poetry signed by the author and an antique muse cameo necklace/pin. The 100 year-old poetry book […]
  • Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes: Logistical Planner, Fund Raiser
    Dr. Hayes in his first book, An Arctic Boat Journey, demonstrated his abilities at gaining both scientific and financial support for his second Arctic expedition, search for the legendary Open […]
  • Arctic Ice Navigation: Kane’s Winter Ship Preparations (Part 3 of 3)
    Dr. Elisha Kent Kane led the Second Grinnell Expedition in an effort to locate or rescue the lost Franklin Expedition. However, Kane’s expedition is best known for its own heroic […]
  • Arctic Ice Navigation: Ice Types and Phenomena (Part 2 of 3)
    For 19th century Arctic explorers, ice in various forms was a potential hazard to navigation and to life. For this reason, identification, interpretation, and avoidance of ship-damaging ice were important […]
  • Arctic Ice Navigation: Ship Refitting (Part 1 of 3)
    Rigors of ice navigation challenged 19th century English and American explorers who ventured into the High Arctic. With no purpose-built ships designed and constructed for ice prosecution, shipyards retrofitted wood-hull sailing […]
  • Kane’s Mysterious Waters: Transient Polynyas
    Led by Elisha Kent Kane, M.D., the Second Grinnell Expedition (1853-1855) continued on-going searches for the missing Franklin Expedition. According to Kane’s writings in Arctic Explorations, his approach was to […]
  • Understanding by Degrees: The Open Polar Sea (Part 3 of 3)
    During the 19th century, some scientists and explorers believed (or wanted to confirm) that an Open Polar Sea existed north of Ellesmere Island and Greenland, presumably as an ice-free area […]
  • Understanding by Degrees: Determining Longitude (Part 2 of 3)
    In the previous post, I outlined the basic concepts for obtaining latitude by sextant sightings at local solar noon, and illustrated how masters and astronomers on 19th century Arctic-exploring ships […]
  • Understanding by Degrees: Determining Latitude (Part 1 of 3)
    Arctic explorers in the 19th century routinely used a sextant for celestial navigation to determine their location at sea and when trekking across glaciers and other terrain on foot or […]
  • Surviving Hayes’ Arctic Boat Journey: Inuk Kalutunah, Part 2 of 2
    In the brig Advance, Elisha Kent Kane, MD led the Second Grinnell Expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his men. During August, 1854 with the ship fixed in […]
  • Surviving Hayes’ Arctic Boat Journey: Johan Petersen, Part 1 of 2
    In the brig Advance, Elisha Kent Kane, MD led the Second Grinnell Expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his men. During August, 1854 with the ship fixed in […]
  • Pressing On or Turning Back, Second Grinnell Expedition (Part 2 of 2)
    As Dr. Elisha Kent Kane led the Second Grinnell Expedition in its search for the missing Franklin crew, he demonstrated a combination of pressing on and turning back — and […]
  • Pressing On or Turning Back, The Franklin Expedition (Part 1 of 2)
    Whether to proceed in the face of adversity has confronted explorers since antiquity and was a real concern for 19th century Arctic explorers. The inability for explorers to predict adverse […]
  • “Strange Dream” of Isaac I. Hayes, Part 2 of 2
    August Sonntag According to a biography from the Dudley Observatory, August Sonntag immigrated to America during the late 1852 or early 1853. During May, 1853, Sonntag served as astronomer with […]
  • “Strange Dream” of Isaac I. Hayes, Part 1 of 2
    Isaac I. Hayes, MD Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1832, Hayes completed medical training at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1860, Hayes led his Arctic expedition on the schooner […]
  • Dr. Isaac Hayes and Ellesmere Island Paleontology
    On his second Arctic expedition during 1860-1861, Dr. Isaac Hayes ventured by sailing schooner, dog sledge, and finally on foot to the extreme northern headlands of Ellesmere Island, representing an […]
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