Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Why is poetry important to you?
Tricia Dearborn: As a reader, poetry shows me the world in ways I wouldn't have seen it otherwise; plays with language in ways that give me pure pleasure; tickles my funnybone; delights my mind. It's a very pure, particular, concentrated medium, and I like concentrated.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Did it happen this way? The land lay like stone, and one night, all night long, rain pelted down on it the way people, they say, hammer hard on a stone to find blood. And in the morning the land was cut in two by a deep flow of creek, clotted with red weed—Gavin Highly’s creek.
Abu Dhabi judges praise courage of writer who dared to criticise hardliners
Tonight, Hissa Hilal, a mother-of-four from Saudi Arabia, takes to the stage in the last round of a competition that she has taken by storm with a scathing critique of the conservative clerics who hold sway in her country. Her poetry has earned her the praise of the judges, the acclaim of the viewing public – and more than a few death threats.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
by the Poetry Foundation
Mark Doty remembers
Friday, March 19, 2010
Christine Hamm writes
I am collecting an anthology of poems and more that celebrate Sylvia Plath's life and work, but do not fetishize her suicide and death.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Chris O. Cook writes
"Cal Bedient once said that a poem should always be pleasurable but that it should never be the first duty of a poem to entertain. I not only agree, but consider the distinction to be one of the most valuable things I have ever heard anyone say about poetry. But a poetry reading is not a poem. To say that a reading should be genuinely engaging on the level of a musical performance, and that poets should work to make this so, is not to say that poetry should be composed with an eye towards wowing a crowd.
This, of course, is the error of Slam."