Minimalism is a term with several possible modern interpretations ranging from theories of simple living or artistic genres to theological principles and communication theories.  As a fundamental basis each usage of the term suggests that the simplest, least complicated forms of a thing are usually the most effective and desirable. When the complex is necessary,… read more »


Goodreads is a social media platform designed for readers and writers to document and promote their reading and writing history.  The tool is able to fulfill a variety of functions for users including creation of personalized records of books they own or have read.  These records are called shelves.   The tool also allows users to… read more »


The current wiki-inspired design theme for www.ericadriaans.com  was selected as a writing and design exercise.  While earlier versions of the website acted as a convenient and enjoyable blogging format, the wiki-styled version of the site provides a new writing challenge and exercise: write articles in a pseudo-wiki format contrasting the authoritative and objective voice of… read more »

I Ching

In support of some writing projects I’ve undertaken in 2018, I decided it was time to investigate the I Ching.  Since there are many expert academic backgrounders and information articles regarding the I Ching, I’m not going to provide a background on the book beyond reminding that I Ching means Book of Changes and that… read more »

Jacob Scheier’s more to keep us warm

I read Jacob Scheier’s more to keep us warm during some of the coldest days of winter and as I re-collect my thoughts today, the sun of mid-spring is doing a reasonable job of making those winter days a quiet memory.  Scheier published the book in 2007 (eleven years ago!) and, according to Wikipedia, was named… read more »

Political Tribes: Poets Speaking For Their Age

Some months ago, I reviewed Camille Paglia’s 2005 book of poetic criticism, Break Blow Burn.  At the time, I was interested in Paglia’s observation that In gathering material for this book, I was shocked at how weak individual poems have become over the past forty years.  Our most honored poets are gifted and prolific, but… read more »

Charles Bukowski: Storm for the Living and the Dead

Before selecting Charles Bukowski’s Storm for the Living and the Dead from my local library’s book shelves, I don’t recall having read anything written by him.  I may have,  but if I did read something by him, I didn’t take any particular note of it.  And there wasn’t very much in Storm for the Living… read more »

Sheila Stewart’s The Shape of a Throat

Reading Sheila Stewart’s The Shape of a Throat put me in mind of a criticism of modern poetry that I had recently read by Camille Paglia (note my notes on reading Paglia’s Break Blow Burn).  Particularly, Paglia wrote I was shocked at how weak individual poems have become over the past forty years.  Our most… read more »

Poetry is About Listening

The title of this post is taken from the book “Silence in the Age of Noise” by Erling Kagge.  The book  is written by an explorer and publisher and he spends much of his time in the book talking not about, but around silence.  He seems to be very fond of Martin Heidegger and  Ludwig… read more »

Book Review: Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010

I am a huge fan of public libraries; it is why one of my standard “cover photos” for these little blogs is a picture of what was once the St. Thomas Public Library (and is now a part of the St. Thomas City Hall building complex).  Indeed, I borrowed a copy of The Best Canadian… read more »