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Poetry and Poetics

Accident and Inspiration: Waking up from a Comma

March 14, 2010
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This is not my first year of teaching high school English, but it is my first year teaching at one of Portland, Oregon’s lowest-achieving high schools. There is much to say about my students’ backgrounds that might explain their sub-standard reading and writing: they come from a variety of places, including the mountains of Southeast […]

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An Annotated ‘Some Enchanted Evening’

March 12, 2010

The Temptations sing ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and you can read along with an annotated lyric sheet

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Waverly Gate

March 10, 2010
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A certain esteemed professor requires that those enrolled in his poetry workshop meet with him in his downtown studio apartment, right off Washington Square.

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Roger Scruton on Beauty

March 9, 2010
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I’m planning on doing another entry today about Grossman, but I’m at work and I forgot my copy of Singer. In the meantime, I wanted to share a BBC series that is available on YouTube. A professor I know shared this with me, after I shared a link to Simon Schama’s Power of Art episode […]

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A Poetry Comic

March 9, 2010
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Bianca Stone’s Poetry Comic

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Seventeen Years Ago Last March: Elizabeth Bishop’s Grand Finale

March 6, 2010
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‘Crusoe in England’ was first published in The New Yorker in 1971, then later collected in ‘Geography III,’ perhaps Bishop’s finest single volume of poems. (Only recently I discovered the title of which was suggested to her by John Ashbery. He had found a little geography textbook of the eponymous name, and sent it to her, thinking she’d rather enjoy it. Turns out, she did.)

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Insomnia

March 6, 2010
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where the heavens are shallow as the sea

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very belatedly

March 5, 2010
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THE WAY THINGS WORK

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Big Sur, Elephant Seals, Hector Viel Temperley

March 5, 2010
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When you drive south through Big Sur, you must stop and see the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas. There were huge males on the beach on Tuesday, maybe 15 feet long, with doe-like black eyes and crumpled snouts that look like a baby bird has perched on their faces.

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The Ex-Pens of Spirit

March 3, 2010
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(Disclaimer: Ok, yes. This is a post about pens. But bear with me—I actually do have an idea here.)

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Blogging through Grossman, Part 3: Poetic Promiscuity.

March 2, 2010
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We recent poets have two great tools at our disposal: freedom of poetic license, and freedom of publishing. Generally, we can say whatever we want, and get a significant number of people to hear what we have to say. The question is whether this freedom has led to better poetry or degeneration. Perhaps that’s not the best way to put it. The question should be, even if somebody is doing something amazing and new in poetry, would we even see it? Will we travel all this way to find that we really did need the gatekeepers of poetry??

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Golden Splinter

February 28, 2010
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Above is painter Sean McElroy’s “So Just Be It.” I have known Sean a long time, and I admire both his art and intellect. I was reminded of his work yesterday as I settled down with Ben Lerner’s new book of poems, Mean Free Path (Copper Canyon Press, 2010)—a book I’ve been excited to read since, well, Lerner’s last book of poems.

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WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF A GOOD TIME?

February 26, 2010
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In 1977, Bill Berkson and Bernadette Mayer began a kind of interview correspondence where with they exchanged questions and answers on a variety of topics.

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“Prepare for Peoplery” by Christie Ann Reynolds

February 26, 2010
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[Poem of the Week: 2/26/10]

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Nothing to say

February 25, 2010
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I have nothing to say today, or nothing specific, only miscellany, no fashion thing has occurred to me. Here you have an image of Ferula scorodosma, the plant whose dried sap is used to make asafoetida, a rather pungent spice.

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Joe Weil on Hecht’s “A Hill”

February 25, 2010

[Interview: 2/25/2010]

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