Author Archives: azlewis

About azlewis

I'm an academic living in the poorest neighbourhood in Canada. I also teach at a local seminary.

The Opposite of Poetry

The opposite of poetry is, presumably, prose. But there is poetic prose and prosaic poetry. So what is the opposite of poetry? I’m not sure, but I’d like to present a possible example. It is the copy on a can … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 scans not as a Hebrew poem // English poetry in my ears is the 23rd Psalm

Some passages unanimously deemed poetry may not be so, in fact. Ps 23 is a case in point…       ––Wilfred G.E. Watson, Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques (1984), p. 45.   Leaving aside the strange presumption that … Continue reading

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An Addendum to the Greatest 3rd Place Team in Baseball

The reason I revisited the 1991 Texas Rangers earlier today was because my favorite sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen” had asked its listeners about their favorite non-famous athletes. I wrote in to tell them about Mario Diaz, who was … Continue reading

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(Potentially) the Greatest 3rd Place Team in Baseball

I don’t pay much attention to baseball anymore but at one time it was a major obsession of mine. I wrote history papers in junior high on the origins of baseball, spent hours poring over the Baseball Encyclopedia, often on … Continue reading

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The Most Magnificent Walnut Tree in Scotland

My family and I are preparing to travel back to Scotland for the first time since we moved back to Vancouver in 2011 (though my wife has taken one trip there in 2013). I often talk about the house where … Continue reading

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I Do Not Respect the Office of the President

Eight years ago conservative media and their followers claimed that Barack Obama needed to show more respect for the office of the presidency. They highlighted pictures of him without a coat on in the Oval Office and him sitting back … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr., the Prophet Amos, and the Vietnam War

Several years ago I presented a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting in Atlanta on Martin Luther King’s rhetoric as fitting in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets. I was intending the paper to be the first step … Continue reading

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