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Friday, April 30, 2010
...is fresh

Confessions of a Poet Laureate

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Charles Simic: "They suspect poets of being subversives, free-thinkers, sex-fiends, and drug addicts. Their fears are not entirely without foundation."

Virginia Woolf Speaks

"The only record of the voice of Virginia Woolf is a broadcast she gave at the BBC 1937, a talk in which she considers various aspects of the English language (such as whether meaning can reside in a dictionary) and the process of writing itself."

On A Poetry Festival in Iraq

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
... The same would hold for the large modern bus which carried all the guest poets to different venues: we became accustomed to the sight of soldiers with kalishnikovs or handguns leading the way in cars, and guarding the front of the Hotel.

Poet Peter Porter, 1929-2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010
Laurie Duggan remembers:
Though this post may seem to be more about me than about Peter I wanted to put on record an instance of great kindness, a rare enough thing in this edgy world of factionalism.

The Flea

Friday, April 23, 2010
...is fresh.

An exercise in close reading: that’s what I’m planning this year

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Dave Bonta writes:
"Why am I doing it? Three reasons, I guess. First, I love poetry books, and I feel I haven’t devoted nearly enough space to celebrating them here. I’ve been trapped in pre-conceived and rather boring notions of how to write about books, I think, and I’m hoping to break out of that.

"Second, I’m curious about what a month-long immersion in poetry reading will do to me. Will it be mind-altering? Almost certainly. Will it change the way I read poetry? Maybe. Will it prove to be an overdose, and send me rushing naked and screaming into the streets? Well, let’s hope not."

iPhone app + Poetry = New View of London

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The former Guardian journalist, Vic Keegan, has developed an app that might transform your view of London:
It was the poet UA Fanthorpe who wrote about London's secret rivers; "The currents that chiselled the city," was how she put it. "Effra, Graveney, Falcon, Quaggy / Wandle, Walbrook, Tyburn, Fleet." Now a new iPhone app, City Poems, hopes to do much the same for the capital's forgotten poetic heritage, or the lines, if you will, that flow beneath its streets.

The Tattooed Poets Project

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Christine Hamm:
It started off quite slow. Are you sure you don't want a fish, the artist kept asking me as we mapped out my image on tracing paper. Everybody else gets a fish. Just water, I said, just waves. The tattoo was to celebrate --- some kind of new awakening, finally going back to grad school to get my PhD in Lit like I always wanted, finally believing I could achieve something more.

Do you want me to write a poem for you?

Monday, April 05, 2010
Tammy Ho Lai-Ming writes:
"I want to write poems for you, for free. Free because unlike Molly, I cannot guarantee the completion of the poems."

Total Literary Stuffheads

Saturday, April 03, 2010
Marianne Morris writes [UK]:
"The TLS (Times Literary Supplement), organ of utter establishment-led poetry criticism and wrong-headed thought in the department of poetic amour, devoted a few square inches to the newly published Infinite Difference anthology in their March 19 issue, singled out my work as being particularly irritating to them, and made a kind of sorrowful plea about shared experience..."