A longlegs, a moth, and…the headmaster of Hogwarts.

I’m a big fan of the American Academy of Poets’ Poem-A-Day posts at Poets.org. (Oh my, there are quite a few “p” words in that sentence.) Anyway, recently they shared a lovely late summer poem by Thomas Hardy:

An August Midnight

I

A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
On this scene enter—winged, horned, and spined—
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While ‘mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands…

II

Thus meet we five, in this still place,
At this point of time, at this point in space.
—My guests besmear my new-penned line,
Or bang at the lamp and fall supine.
“God’s humblest, they!” I muse. Yet why?
They know Earth-secrets that know not I.

Of course, it took me a couple of tries to read the whole thing, because on my first attempt, I got four lines in, and went, “OMG, ‘dumbledore’ is an actual word? TO THE DICTIONARY!

dumbledore (ˈdʌmb ə lˌdɔː)

— n
dialect ( English ) Also (Southwest English): drumbledrane a bumblebee

[Old English dumble , variant of drumble to move sluggishly + dor humming insect]

So that’s my word-of-the-day.

I’ve been neglecting the blog of late, but not my TBR pile, so I’ll be back soon with assorted musings.

Six Degrees of Scarlett O’Hara

Well this is rather interesting. Check out this infographic by designer Jared Fanning based on research by James Chapman:

I’m not sure where Mr. Chapman got his data, but no matter how accurate it is it’s still fun to think about all the people in the world with whom we have a book in common. It’s like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. But with books instead of movie stars.

Let the hype begin…New details on J.K. Rowling’s new book released today

September 27, 2012, J.K. Rowling’s new book (and first book for adults), The Casual Vacancy, will be released worldwide. Check out her publisher’s website for fresh details.

J.K. Rowling’s big news…

A big announcement today for all of you Potter-philes out there…!

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