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Poetry and Poetics

Way/s of Staying Present: 3 Brief Poems from Michael Hettich’s The Animals Beyond Us

March 25, 2014
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Hettich’s is a poetics of external and internal metamorphosis and regeneration.

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Excellence in Student Writing: Favour Onwuka

February 17, 2014
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Keats and Yeats believe that the flaw of human nature is that time is in effect.

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My Favorite Dickinson Poem

February 12, 2014
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This is my favorite Emily Dickinson poem, even though it is not her best. It is the poem for which I have the most affection: “I dreaded that first Robin.”

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Excellence in Student Writing: Introduction

February 10, 2014
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That’s when I feel most satisfied as a teacher: when I see a spark of something in a student that I admire.

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Excellence in Student Writing: Katharine Sell

February 10, 2014
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The poem’s argues that order can be found and already exists among the chaos of nature, but that it takes the individual’s artistic craft to create meaning to make the order’s presence known and evident.

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Homer to Gluck: First Lines

February 3, 2014
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Our twitter and tumblr followers shared their favorite first lines of poetry.

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“What Becomes of Us as We Read?”: Ashbery and Ethical Criticism

January 13, 2014
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What are some reasons why we read poetry? Why turn to a poem over a novel, a play, a philosophical treatise?

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Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading

January 9, 2014
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The poetry improves, but the presentation of it just keeps getting worse.

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Thirteen of the Best Poetry Collections for 2013: Books That Will Sustain a Lifetime and Another and Another

December 31, 2013
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These are serious books. I sometimes wonder if the young poets still know how to make “serious” art, but then I read The Backlit Hour by young Jose Antonio Rodriquez and I know they are more than capable.

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Krampus Navidad

December 24, 2013
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On the thirteenth day of Christmas, your true love returns the partridge in a pear tree, / buys cashmere, hires the Cajun she’s philandering to murder you.

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Radical Poetry

December 4, 2013
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The radical poetry of 100 years ago was not radical in terms of style. It was conventional in terms of style and this doomed much of it.

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Forgotten Poet of the Day: Denise Levertov

November 20, 2013
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I came to admire Levertov only after I was approaching forty and she had recently died. I was old enough then to appreciate her seriousness of purpose. I came to admire her the way I had Muriel Rukeyser.

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Forgotten Poet of the day: Karl Shapiro

October 9, 2013
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There are many reasons why Karl Shapiro is no longer taught or on the lips of MFA students.

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Amid Alien Corn in the Communion of Hang

September 25, 2013
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Because I knew how Abraham had traveled under a night sky so vast, so glutted with stars and had heard God’s promise, I wept when I first read Mark Twain’s description of Huck and Jim looking up at the night sky and wondering about the origin of the stars, and I was awed by Cervantes when he had Quixote and Sancha under the same sky.

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John Ashbery: A Pageant

September 9, 2013
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Characters:Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, James Merril, Robert Lowell

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The Spine of Longing

September 5, 2013
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Certain mechanisms exist in the human brain that when brushed by a combination of memory and bodily functions, demand interpretation.

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