Author Archives: j.a.prufrock

About j.a.prufrock

Ex-journalist, lapsed writer, sometimes teacher, Francophile (not James Franco), candlestick-maker. After a lengthy sabbatical from all forms of writing, I've retaken to it in the form of blogging, at first. I keep two blogs, with my journalism (Assorted Bylines: http://assortedbylines.wordpress.com) separate from my creative writing (WritersWriteWords:https://writerswritewords.wordpress.com).

Holding Onto The Thread

I know I’ve mentioned the wonderful William Stafford before, but I find myself repeatedly coming back to him because he’s my go-to guy for inspiration and reassurance, without the bullshit. Now I’ve read this particular poem to a few people (friends, … Continue reading

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Letter to his Father

In 1919 Kafka wrote a long letter to his father, neatly titled ‘Letter to his Father’ (in translation, of course). There had been disagreement between father and son over  Franz’s engagement (dad disapproved), and the break up of the engagement … Continue reading

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Old Cat

In haiku an old cat is a often a signifier of the season of autumn. Another theme that I have seen elsewhere (though I can’t remember where!) is the the idea of the importance of temporality, and this haiku tries … Continue reading

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Get out Chairman Miaow

Here’s another of my haiku a day efforts. I wrote it a couple of weeks ago and, in hindsight, I’m not at all sure this would be considered a true haiku, for one solid reason which I’ll give afterwards. In … Continue reading

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Haiku 365

So I’m already on day 19 of my challenge to write a daily haiku for a year, and I’m going to post one of them here. Don’t worry, I’m not going to post this every day, before you unfollow me, … Continue reading

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Lowering my standards

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, even though I have been writing lately. No, I’m not turning into one of those #amwriting people, I’m just saying. I went on a residential writing course recently which instantly reinvigorated my writing habit, … Continue reading

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Darwin, born free

  -Here is another academic essay, comparing the thinkers Rousseau and Darwin It is difficult to think of an equal advancement in human thought that has had such a resounding impact on humanity’s perception of its place within the world, … Continue reading

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Flaubert, Marx and the Enlightenment

-For a change of pace, this piece is a short academic essay analysing the Communist Manifesto and Madame Bovary. The Enlightenment view of the human project as one of historical progress for society was perhaps a comforting worldview, though one … Continue reading

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Crossing Over

This is in response to Six Word Challenge “Don’t look down!” Pulsating, he teetered.

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Killing For Sport (Shia LaBeouf)

APOLOGIES and sorrys and excuses to anyone who has been furious about my lack of recent activity here (he whispers into the wind). Inspired by Writing101, I’m trying to shuffle some things together to get ready for NaNoWriMo, which may or … Continue reading

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