Monday, October 30, 2006
If my blogger dashboard is correct (and it may not be, it was frozen on the same number for a while) this is my 1200th post to Stick Poet. At minimum it is the 1200th and in fact I may have passed that mark already for the sake of capturing the moment... this is it!
It is hard to believe that October is nearly over. That the year practically gone for that matter. We've had a taste of a few very cold fall days, but yesterday was absolutely beautiful with temperatures in the high 70's. It was actually hot inside the house. My wife and I took the dogs for long walks twice during the day.
Started on a new journal insert the other day and toying with some drafts over the weekend, I wanted to burn it and get another new one. I did however resist the urge.
Wanted to pass along this story for positive human interest value. Always nice to hear stories from people who have poetry experiences that give affirmation to their daily lives.
And here is an insightfully written review of the poet Stephen Dunn. While I have not read a lot of his work, I recall reading several of his poems last fall and agree that he has extraordinary word skills.
Oh, I almost forgot... Condolences to Jilly on the Tigers loss. I was pulling for the Cards but I've been there before, I feel your pain.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Sharon Olds: Blood, sweat and fears -
The American poet Sharon Olds has won international acclaim for poetry of startling intensity. She talks to Christina Patterson about art and life / this is an interesting article that appeared in The Independent. As someone who greatly admires Sharon Old's work, I recommend it.
As Utah's new poet laureate, Katharine Coles hopes to make poetry a part of every citizen's daily life. Coles is the state's first female poet laureate.
article by: Susan Whitney Deseret Morning News
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Judith Robinson, member of Poets for Humanity, said that a video appeal by Simon Deng, a refugee from the turmoil in his native Sudan, will also be shown. New York Daily News columnist Heather Robinson will introduce the video.
The scheduled poets are Richard St. John, whose work has appeared in the Post-Gazette, Anthony Butts, CMU writing professor, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, a native of Liberia.
UMOJA African Arts Company provides the music.
Tickets are $10. The program will be in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall.
For details and reservations, call 412-681-3018.
I have enjoyed putting this together - And I will admit it is a chore (and not stress free) but a worthwhile experience none the less. Last week I was thinking that it seemed like a long way off till Vol 2 on mid-January. Now a week later I'm thinking, God, that will be hare fast! At any rate I will not be reading for it till Nov. 15 - so I have a bit of a breather.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Anyway, I share her view on capital punishment and I would extend this to include how our government treats others it has in detention. Anyway, read her post. BTW - I would like to meet King Arthur too!
Then, the New Zoo Poet asks: What is the longest you've ever worked on one poem? Wow! I wish I could answer that.
Looking forward to tonight's World Series game. Hope Detroit's pitchers leave their Tootsie Rolls at home.
I found this item interesting. The Grand Rounds, is a weekly event at Dartmouth Medical School. It's an academic forum in which physicians and researchers make scientific presentations. Recently, U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall added a new dimension to the forum by reading works about illness, grief and living life fully. Hall is no stranger to these subjects, a cancer survivor himself and of course having lost his wife to that same illness. Dr. Ira Byock, director of Palliative Medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said that the union between medicine and poetry has great therapeutic potential
This of course affords these entities someone in an official capacity to represent the community at significant community and or public events and these individuals are often called upon to recite a poem that relates to the community or the occasion that is being acknowledged. Often the poet may write something specific for the occasion.
But poets are a rare breed. And to ask a poet to speak at a public gathering and use their talent to express imagery and emotion can be like striking a match to a stick of dynamite. That is because poets tend to pull from the deepest pool of their inner-self. Therein lies a rich honesty that not all may like.
Last week, the poet Nikki Giovanni was asked to recite at a dedication in Cincinnati and her poem I am Cincinnati was emotionally and politically charged. Her poem struck out at some politicians and was laced with language that raised a lot of eyebrows. I suspect it would have been impossible for Giovanni to have addressed the crowd on this occasion with, shall we say etiquette and social grace; and at the same time remain true to herself. Given this choice to balance, I believe more times than not, a poet is going to remain true to themselves.
There are many instances of poets whose words have fallen on disfavor of certain segments of the public. The poet Amiri Baraka, for example , who was fired as poet laureate of New Jersey after his words in a poem on 9-11 were upsetting to some.
The juxtaposition created by the growing desire for very public and "official" poetry on one hand and the sometimes resulting unhappiness with content of publicly read poems creates an interesting dilemma for the poets and the community at large.
tags: Nikki Giovanni poetry censorship Free Speech self censorship
Tags: Iraq War Bush Republicans GOP elections
Monday, October 23, 2006
The Poetry Exercise's Logical Conclusion: New Book of Poems Consists of Exercises for Readers to Write Poems - PR.com
Blue lion books believes that an idea, if expressed, should be expressed in its fullest manner. one of our newest books is Catherine Daly’s third book of poetry, To Delite and Instruct, a 276-page romp through the idea of poetry-writing exercises.
tags: Catherine Daly poetry
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
The reported cost of this acquisition was $775,000, came from private gifts as well as university support. For this sum they will get more than 80,000 pages of handwritten manuscripts, Bly's journal spanning nearly 50 years, notebooks of Bly's "morning poems" As well as countless drafts of translations, and his extensive correspondence with writers James Wright, Donald Hall, James Dickey along with other items.
To me, it is fitting that these literary documents remain at an institution in his home state. But I am especially pleased to see that the plans include having the material digitized and made available for research and study by the university community but also a global audience who by online access. At 79, no one knows how much more material Bly is likely to produce but the acquisition agreement also provide extended opportunity to acquire all of Bly's future creative output.
If I sound excited by all this, it's because I am. For whatever reason I have found it hard to pass over opportunities to look into the goodies of various literary estates. In this case I would be especially interested in Bly's correspondence with James Wright and Donald Hall. I have already seen some of the Wright correspondence that was published in his collection of letters done not too long ago. I read the Plath's journals, Sexton's letters, and now I am reading Journals and early poems of Allen Ginsberg. I guess I am a sucker for this stuff.
I really don't think you can discount the value that knowing more about a poet and his or her life can add to the critical understanding of their work.
Speaking of Ginsberg, if you consider that Stanford University paid $1 million 12 years ago for the Ginsberg archives, the Bly deal almost seems like a steal.
Tags: Robert Bly University of Minnesota Libraries Literary Estates
Thursday, October 19, 2006
A few thank you notes are in order here. The following have posted links. If I am missing anyone, and I probably am, please let me know.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
This week starts off with news that Actor Neil Morrissey is selling a pub that was a hangout of the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in Brown's Hotel in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. The site is near where Dylan and his wife Caitlin raised their family in a boat house.
And speaking of Caitlin... Actress Lindsay Lohan will play the wife of the Welsh poet in a movie with Keira Knightley. Knightely will play the role of childhood friend Vera Phillips. The two women are sexually attracted to one another.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Nice to read of Ivy's exploits with her chapbooks. [here]
Check out Christine Hamm's - Transparent Dinner / Mayapple Press. [here]
Then chew in this morsel.............. The head of the British army has said that our troops in Iraq are merely exacerbating the problems there and leading to difficulties for British forces worldwide.
Tags: Transparent Dinner Christine Hamm Ivy Mayapple Press Wednesday Poet Peter Conners Iraq British Army War
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Not surprisingly, President Bush has rejected the findings of the Johns Hopkins Study on Iraqi deaths since the invasion. But the best arguments on the subject I have seen was made here and here. The study provides a significant point at which to judge the impact this decision has had and continues to have on the people of Iraq. Like some many other things, the president is simply in a state of denial.
A Canadian-born, Pulitzer Prizewinning poet survives the tests of time- Mark Strand. Read this article about his new book, Man and Camel.
Always amused by what brings people to this site. Two recent search engine keyword strings used...
- how would I make a Super Hero out of phosphorous
- killing a frog dream
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Four poets with academic ties are finalists for the National Book Awards. Ther are: Louise Glück , H.L. Hix, Nathaniel Mackey, and James McMichael
What work of Conners I have read seems intricate as to detail. Bite The Pomegranate would be a great example as to his predisposal to catching all that is about and pulling it into his images as he writes.
The Poet Washes Dishes is a favorite of mine. Here he gets a lot of mileage out of his detail.
Peter Conners official website - click here
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
A few poets I have read over the past week....
- Susan Hutton in October Poetry Magazine
- Laura Kasischke in October Poetry Magazine*
- John Ashberry in The New Yorker - Oct. 9th
- Jorie Graham in Swarm
- Frank Higgins in Rockhurst Review of Five Arts - Spring 2006 19th Edition.
* I was really excited to see Kasischke in Poetry Magazine. Reading her book, Gardening In the Dark, I was so impressed with her talent for imagery. I did feel her piece in PM was a bit more abstract and I liked that very much.
A few bits from this weeks Journal
- In the villa of fantasy / The dancers wait, /And the passage of time / Slips through the waist / Of a rose colored hourglass / While the mind elicits / Thoughts to choreograph / In Burberry expressions / Of lust and indulgence //
- We could sit in the faint light forever, though we would be pained by spinal failure and in the end become two puddles of red emollient
- Why the diversion? Why the sudden interest in the hue of other lives.
Managed to recycle a submission to another venue this weekend and I have worked on some draft revisions.
On another note, Rogue Poetry Review should be ready by the weekend. I am excited!
Tags: Poets writing and poetry Laura Kasischke Jorie Graham John Ashberry Frank Higgins Susan Hutton Rogue Poetry Review
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
He had an Iconic status within our home. By far the senior cat - a wise old sage. Fiercely independent, he established his own boundaries where the other cats were concerned. The dogs even respected him.
Sometime back - I'm thinking about 7 years ago, he had one eye surgically removed. I recall really feeling sad for him when he lost it, but it was feared his bad eye would rupture so there really was not a choice. He actually seemed to feel much better afterwards and adjusted very well.
He was a strong cat. He had been quite large at one time, but over the past couple of years lost much weight and although he sometimes appeared quite frail, if you wanted to pick him up, he could dig his claws into the carpet and it was coming up too.
At one time he had been prone to seizures. We had to administer Phenobarbital. He grew out of this for the most part, but it was always a possibility that existed. So in many ways, I perceived OJ to be resolute, a tough dude who had endured a lot in his life, but at the same time saw him as fragile.
He is missed!