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4 reasons why Avisa in ‘Willobie’s His Avisa’ is Queen Elizabeth I

4 reasons why Avisa in ‘Willobie’s His Avisa’ is Queen Elizabeth I


This is Part 2 in a two-part series! This blog post assumes you’ve read the first part in this series, 6 reasons why the author of ‘Willobies’s His Avisa’ was Edward de Vere Penelope is...


6 reasons why the author of ‘Willobie’s His Avisa’ was Edward de Vere

6 reasons why the author of ‘Willobie’s His Avisa’ was Edward de Vere


This is Part 1 in a two-part series! Those damn initials Willobie’s His Avisa has two curious initials. Willobie’s His Avisa is a long Elizabethan poem about a woman, Avisa, which has a series...


Reviews of #Bard154

Reviews of #Bard154


I have had two very good reviews of my Shakespeare Sonnet Tweets! The first comes from Edward Devere himself, and ca be seen here. The second comes from Oxfordian Patrick Prentice and can be...


Mothers Ask ‘May I’ Too

Mothers Ask ‘May I’ Too


There was a time in my life when I wanted to climb the corporate latter, at least, the organizational one. I was willing to do this because it meant more money.  Meanwhile my wife...


Shakespeare’s Sonnets, or #Bard154

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, or #Bard154


This year I have been reducing all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets (14-line poems) into quatrains of 140 characters each.  On Monday I tweeted them (for Twitter’s specifications I had to reduce them to 136...


The Village Trough Needs Your Help!

The Village Trough Needs Your Help!


PLEASE HELP THE VILLAGE TROUGH! The farm-to-table restaurant in my new hometown of Berea, KY is the only one that uses local, organic and pastured ingredients. After two years in their current location, owners Ali...


How to Find Invincibility

How to Find Invincibility


Find the answer on my Tumblr blog. https://joshuagraypoetics.tumblr.com/post/131687355766/10-years-of-invincibility-part-i   Please go to joshuagraypoetics.tumblr.com and follow my blog there for the second part, to be posted tomorrow.


Appalachian Symposium was a great success!

Appalachian Symposium was a great success!


I am not new to Appalachia. I was born in western mountains of Virginia (though my family moved the next day, a story for another time), and I spent my college years and the...


Wake Brings the Big Sleep to Life

Wake Brings the Big Sleep to Life


Wake by Laura Madeline Wiseman transforms the grim reaper into a female, a cart driver with a passenger, and a character of intrigue. She is both a gentle friend and an aggressive enemy; she...