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Poetry and Poetics

Deborah Landau

April 19, 2010
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Open the post to see the full text of each poem and a multitude of links about stuff that came up in the interview!

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Interview made possible by Scattered Rhymes and listeners like you.

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Performance and Poetry: A Conversation with poets Adele Kenny, Tom Healy and Joe Weil

April 18, 2010
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PART 1 PART 2

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It’s [nearly] a summer day

April 15, 2010
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So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
our mouths shut? as if we’d been pierced by a glance!

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Incantations: Michael S. Harper, A Love Supreme

April 13, 2010
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NOTE: In lieu of Grossman today, I’m posting a short essay I wrote on Michael S. Harper’s poem “Dear John, Dear Coltrane” for one of my classes back at Hunter’s MFA program. Listen to the following as you read: A Love Supreme It is almost impossible to read Michael S. Harper and not feel as though […]

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Poems & Pollen

April 11, 2010
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When they say, “Spring is in the air,” they aren’t kidding.  New York City is fully abloom–and it is most certainly in the air. Yes, the tulips and daffodils are afoot in the city! Perfectly coiffed Park Avenue flower arrangements trumpet out enormous lilies at pedestrians. Petunias and pansies galore! Primped poodles in their fluffed […]

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100 Chimes at Midnight

April 10, 2010
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FALSTAFF:
My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!

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Closing a Poem (Blogging through Grossman, Part 6)

April 6, 2010
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How do you know when you’re “done” a poem? I’m not speaking about revision, but rather, the act of writing, particularly lyrical free verse. Donna Masini once described it to me (or a class I was in—can’t remember which), as a settling in the body: a literal sense in the poet’s body that there is […]

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This Keats

April 3, 2010
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Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

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Some David Schubert Poems You May Not Know

April 2, 2010
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I reached a point where there was no
Use going on: my companion said, “Do not waken
The watchman, do not shout, he will die
Of shock if you make the slightest
Sound.” I stood in the utter darkness,
Cold. Without evidence of myself.

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Book Review: Map of the Folded World (John Gallaher)

April 2, 2010
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Gallaher has managed to create a language all his own using English words. Reading his poems, I felt like I’d arrived on some other world where the linguistic building blocks were familiar, but the physics of assembling them was completely different, surprising, otherworldly.

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“Via” by Amy Lawless

April 2, 2010

[Poem of the Week: 4/2/2010]

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Happy Poetry Month!

April 1, 2010
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To honor the first day of National Poetry Month, I want to share this poem by Bill Wadsworth — the progenitor of NPM, launched in 1996. Bill is an extraordinary writer, advocate and teacher of poetry — I’m profoundly grateful for the work he’s done and continues to do. (See full post for poem)

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Reciting your own poems from memory is for supernerds, or the worst project of my life

March 30, 2010
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Concerning all the recent discussions about memory, recitation, etc, I thought I would try it in my own way. I should disclose that I never recite my own poems from memory at readings. I think it is corny, weird, it makes me uncomfortable, and frankly, to spend that much time memorizing your own work is kind of sick.

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The Problem of Style

March 27, 2010
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Do you remember that Eliot was billed as giving a talk on ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ and he’d realized that they’d simply misunderstood. That is, when he was asked what he was going to talk about, he’d said that these things were always a matter of Scylla and Charybdis and so forth, and this became the title of the talk so that we got a talk on this subject because they’d slightly misunderstood what he was saying. But it’s true to him.

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Do Movie Critics Matter?

March 25, 2010
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Journalistic standards have changed so drastically that, when I took the podium at the film circle’s dinner and quoted Pauline Kael’s 1974 alarm, “Criticism is all that stands between the public and advertising,” the gala’s audience responded with an audible hush—not applause.

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