Poetry and Poetics

“He Too Sings America: Jazz, Laughter, and Sound as Protest in Langston Hughes’s Harlem,” Part 2

August 20, 2014
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Brian Fanelli continues his discussion of Langston Hughes’s work, Jazz, sound and Harlem.

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“He Too Sings America: Jazz, Laughter, and Sound as Protest in Langston Hughes’s Harlem”

August 18, 2014
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Poet Brian Fanelli explores Jazz, laughter and sound in Langston Hughes’s work and world.

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Poem of the Week: Amanda J. Bradley

April 25, 2014
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Swallowed Whole Recently, on vacation, I saw a blue heron catch and eat a fish. In its middle, the fish was a good deal larger than the heron’s slender neck. Looking out subway windows, sparks fly, light up graffiti tags in this dark, rat-infested tunnel I am hurtling through. Ideas leap to mind: violence, poverty, […]

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Poem of the Week

March 28, 2014
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Prayer for Topaz, 1942 Dear God, Mom said you are busy and don’t have time to listen to a little 8-year-old Negro girl from North Carolina and her foolishness, like praying for a box of candy. That would be selfish. But if it’s really important she said, then I should take it to you in […]

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Poem of the Week: Ned Balbo

March 21, 2014
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First Thaw

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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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Didactic Sonnet

August 2, 2011
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If Plato came back today and saw the workshop, craft obsessed nature of poetics, he’d give his approval, but not for reasons poets might like: Plato would approve because the stupidity of inspiration has been removed from the writing of poems.

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Why Poetry is Sometimes Not Enough

May 25, 2011
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This evening at Catholic mass, while everyone bowed their heads to pray, I asked Jesus not only to help me be good to my husband and my family, but also what he thought about my poetry. I heard a voice, perhaps in my head, or perhaps funneled out the church ceiling which said, “your poetry will touch a few hearts, but it won’t help you in heaven.”

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On My Pedagogical Approach (or something of the sort)

May 18, 2011
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Digress, digress, follow the nose of your longing.

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On Poetry and Loss, Part 2

May 10, 2011
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I sometimes think African American “cool” and Irish humor developed out of an awareness of the truth that life is not merciful.

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The Four Functions and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

April 20, 2011
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As Kafka said: “The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens; doubtless this is so, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for the heavens signify simply: the impossibility of crows.”

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Creative Stupidity

April 11, 2011
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Many people do not become artists not because they are stupid, but because they are incapable of suspending the thinking/feeling functions. They fail to become writers and musicians and painters because they cannot enter their highest stupidity.

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Kenneth Burke: Do you Eros into Logos? (with a note on Tu Fu)

March 18, 2011
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Poets who write for self-expression write awful poetry. They don’t seek advice but affirmation.

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Poetry Fix, Episode 20: Weldon Kees

February 5, 2011
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Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson discuss Weldon Kees’s poem “1926.”

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Ur Poems: Emily Vogel

February 4, 2011
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What Inspires Us To Write Poetry?

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Scattered Rhymes: Morgan Parker

January 29, 2011
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Morgan Parker describes herself as equipped with the eyes of a surrealist, ears of an ethnographer, tongue of a cynical comedian, and heart of a brooding sixteen-year old.

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