Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September 29th Poetic Ticker Clicking

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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is back on for 2010. This is our Back Page story. It seems that metaphors are more body-based than you might think, and at the root of thought itself. This is our fourth story in News at Eleven. The Guardian ran a climate change special this Saturday, which drew poems from Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion among others. You'll find links to these in Great Regulars. We begin this week with Mahmoud Darwish and peace.

Thanks for clicking in. Peace.


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News at Eleven: [Mahmoud] Darwish once said in an interview:

"I thought poetry could change everything, could change history and could humanize, and I think that the illusion is very necessary to push poets to be involved and to believe, but now I think that poetry changes only the poet."

Just as a critique of poetry might only change the critic. Which brings us to a justification of this essay, though it's a pity that one should be necessary.

from The Tablet: Point of Departure


News at Eleven: [Albert Goldbarth]: I really do have a belief

that the poems want to stand independently and be their own moment and shouldn't require a kind of backdrop any more than a movie does. No one expects Steven Spielberg to have to step out from behind the curtain and explain what he was thinking when he first got the idea for the Star Wars Trilogy. Alfred Hitchcock doesn't have to, the Red Hot Chili Peppers don't have to do it. For some reason, people always expect poets to have to--or even to be eager to--provide these kinds of crutches behind the scenes, insights into their work.

from The Daily Gazette: Noted Poet Albert Goldbarth Speaks on the Poetic Process


News at Eleven: [Walt] Whitman's deep influence on Nazrul Islam

is obvious. Wherever rebellion, revolution and youth have become the mainstays of his poem, he has unhesitatingly, followed Whitman's lead. There is nothing objectionable in following this lead because this only indicates self-identification, Nazrul has not only followed him, he has also translated him. His Agrapathik is a well-known poem. Its swift movement, the rapid rise and fall of a rhythmic pattern and its suitability for choric recitation have made it one of our dearest poems.

from The New Nation: Whitman and Nazrul


News at Eleven: Rather than so much clutter

standing in the way of true understanding, to [George] Lakoff and [Mark] Johnson these metaphors are markers of the roots of thought itself. Lakoff and Johnson's larger argument is that abstract thought would be meaningless without bodily experience. And primary metaphors, in their ubiquity (in English and other languages) and their physicality, are some of their most powerful evidence for this.

from The Boston Globe: Thinking literally


News at Eleven: Leonard Cohen's path to his sold-out

concert here Thursday night has been strewn with obstacles.

Those seeking to ostracize Israel through an international boycott demanded that he call it off. When he offered instead a matching concert in the West Bank, Palestinians said no thanks. Amnesty International agreed to help him distribute the concert's proceeds to peace groups; Amnesty International withdrew.

from The New York Times: Leonard Cohen's Legacy for His Concert in Israel


News at Eleven: The dissidents face several years

in prison if convicted.

Vu Hai, a lawyer for [Nguyen Xuan] Nghia, said he had been officially notified that the trial of his client and five others had been postponed because one defendant was seriously ill. The trial was scheduled for Thursday and Friday in the northern port city of Haiphong.

A separate trial for another accused, Vu Hung, has also been delayed after it was set for Friday, the lawyer said.

Hung's wife told AFP she had also signed the appeal to Ban.

An eighth accused, the poet Pham Van Troi, 37, was to be tried Thursday in Hanoi. His wife and a lawyer said that, as far as they knew, the case was going ahead.

from Viet Tan: Relatives of jailed Vietnam dissidents appeal to UN
also Amnesty International: Viet Nam should release peaceful critics


News at Eleven: [Sotheby's specialist Gabriel] Heaton said:

"Basically, he takes her as his mistress and he is never at any point saying he is going to be faithful to her but he expects her to be faithful to him and when he hears rumours that she isn't, she loses her job."

In another letter [Lord] Byron talks about his time in Albania and Ali Pasha, the ruler, who impressed him as a "fine portly person with two hundred women and as many boys, many of the last I saw and very pretty creatures they were."

from The Guardian: Lord Byron's dig at William 'Turdsworth'


News at Eleven: [Francis the Poet] brings his dog Daisey,

a bucket of chalk and poetry books. He rides a skateboard or drives his car from spot to spot--tagging even the far edges of the university.

"It takes a lot more planning than you'd think," he says of finding suitable places for the poems.

On a printed a map of the university, he circles good spots to chalk the ground. He keeps mental notes about slabs of concrete he has seen, and what poems would fit on each.

from The Arizona Daily Wildcat: Artist takes poetic license to the sidewalks


News at Eleven: "[. . .] Back then, you were either very,

very rich or you had nothing."

All this wealth also came with a developed aesthetic. "There is real attention to detail and precision here," said [Gareth] Williams. "The warriors nicely matched up the various parts of their battle dress. They were brutal but it was important to look stylish and neat when you went out to kill people."

from The Guardian: Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard casts Beowulf and wealthy warriors of Mercia in a new light


News at Eleven: "The goal of the place is to make

everyone feel that poetry belongs to them," said Lee Briccetti, who has been executive director for 20 years. "Anyone can come and experience poetry in a new way that will deepen their relationship to language."

In its new location Poets House has a rent-free lease through 2069 from the Battery Park City Authority. Poets House raised the money for construction of the interior, $11 million, from public and private sources, including $3.5 million from the city.

from The New York Times: Transparent New Home for Poetry


News at Eleven (Back Page): Newark was selected yesterday as host

for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's signature poetry festival next fall, a decision one official said will shine a light on the state's largest city as "a major cultural capital."

Although the foundation previously announced the 2010 festival would be canceled for financial reasons, Dodge decided to resurrect the popular event--the largest poetry gathering in the country--and present it in a new urban location.

from The Star-Ledger: Newark gets the words: It's hosting renowned poetry festival


Great Regulars: Well, ultimately nothing lasts.

Everything is temporal, but some things last longer than others. There's an insight and wisdom in poetry that people keep coming back to for any variety of reasons. In very few words and a very concise way, poetry can be deeply moving. You don't have to read a whole book. You can read one page.

[by Walter Bargen]

Photographing the Wind

from Walter Bargen: Riverfront Times: "Stressful and Exhausting": Missouri's First Poet Laureate Reflects on His Tenure


Great Regulars: She admits to making numerous errors

but asserts that they all were small yet varied. After having experienced a number of years since having made all kinds of mistakes, she reports that "Now they have/come home/to roost." And now they are all the same, and they are arriving "with the same speed." Although they were small errors when she first committed them, they have matured and returned to her all grown up and all at once.

from Linda Sue Grimes: Suite101.com: Kay Ryan's Home to Roost


Friendship is also a melding of two minds. The love between two friends pours forth like water from fountains, and that friendship resembles a rose growing between two "mind-branchlets." Best of all, the speaker avers that friendships is "the one thinking in two bodies." And that one, of course, is the Divine.

from Linda Sue Grimes: Suite101.com: Yogananda's Friendship


Great Regulars: Of the two, the mind exerts the greatest influence

on most of us. Unless we are gravely ill or deprived of basic necessities, our physical condition plays a secondary role in life.

Hence, we should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace.

From my own limited experience, I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquillity comes from the development of love and compassion.

from Tenzin Gyatso: The Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: Compassion For Our Fellow Human Beings Is The Key To Happiness


Great Regulars: People who think of themselves as poets,

generally speaking, want to leave a legacy, great or small. We want future generations to read our work, whether it's one poem or 10 books of poems. Sometimes we project our meaning of life onto other beings:

[by James Tate]

Teaching the Ape to Write Poems

from Kristen Hoggatt: The Smart Set: Ask a Poet: Life Sentences


Great Regulars: How It Will End

by Denise Duhamel

We're walking on the boardwalk

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: How It Will End by Denise Duhamel


Once in a While
by Mark Perlberg

Mother was agitated all morning.

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: Once in a While by Mark Perlberg


by Luci Shaw

Not a color I've wanted to wear--too

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: Pink by Luci Shaw


Sound of the Night Train
by Pat Schneider

Only once in every twenty-four hours the train comes through

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: Sound of the Night Train by Pat Schneider


Stadium Traffic
by Daniel Donaghy

You're on your way home

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: Stadium Traffic by Daniel Donaghy


What I Understood
by Katha Pollitt

When I was a child I understood everything

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: What I Understood by Katha Pollitt


The Wild Swans At Coole
by William Butler Yeats

The trees are in their autumn beauty,

from Garrison Keillor: The Writer's Almanac: The Wild Swans At Coole by William Butler Yeats


Great Regulars: I tell my writing students that

their most important task is to pay attention to what's going on around them. God is in the details, as we say. Here David Bottoms, the Poet Laureate of Georgia, tells us a great deal about his father by showing us just one of his hands.

My Father's Left Hand

from Ted Kooser: American Life in Poetry: Column 235


Great Regulars: The Sorcerer's Mirror

by Andrew Motion

from Andrew Motion: The Guardian: The Sorcerer's Mirror by Andrew Motion


Great Regulars: 2084

by Carol Rumens

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: 2084 by Carol Rumens


Its poignancy owes a lot, too, to the way the anapaestic rhythms take over in each stanza after the more regular rhythm of the opening line, seeming to exult in the free, swooping flight denied the bird. Much is left unsaid, and really ought not to need saying, as each foreshortened last refrain-line reminds us. [Paul Laurence] Dunbar's parents had known the agony of being slaves; Dunbar understands that there are other kinds of cages for their children.


I know what the caged bird feels, alas!

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Books blog: Poem of the week: Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Great Regulars: I have a couple of friends who,

I am sure, think that their theological debates have something to do with God or faith, and not simply with different sets of ideas about God or faith. (Of course, their disputes do have something to with God and faith, and some ideas about God and faith are correct, while others aren't, but ideas about anything are different from what they are ideas about: Theology is not religion.)

from Frank Wilson: When Falls the Coliseum: That's What He Said: Wishful thinking and the mystery of who we are


Great Regulars: As a scholar of English, philosophy

and religion, [T.S.] Eliot was sensitive to the relationship between theology and literature. "The Waste Land" explores apocalyptic images with Biblical allusions while four of his later poems, "The Four Quartets" ("Burnt Norton," "East Coker," "The Dry Salvages" and "Little Gidding"), employ religious symbolism.

from findingDulcinea: Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday, T.S. Eliot, Nobel Prize Winning Writer


Great Regulars: [by James Schuyler]

Coming Night

It darkens, brother,

from Granta: Poem


Great Regulars: Brief briefing on the reds

by John Hartley Williams

from The Guardian: 10:10 Review climate change special: Brief briefing on the reds by John Hartley Williams


The Spider by Kathleen Jamie

from The Guardian: 10:10 Review climate change special: The Spider by Kathleen Jamie


Virgil's Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

from The Guardian: 10:10 Review climate change special: Virgil's Bees by Carol Ann Duffy


Great Regulars: 'Reaching Out'

By John Clifford

from Lawrence Journal-World: Poet's Showcase: 'Reaching Out'


Great Regulars: Solidarity:

A Poem for the UCB Mass Strike Rally
by the Labor Video Project

from MR Zine: Solidarity: A Poem for the UCB Mass Strike Rally


Great Regulars: First Leaf

by Lia Purpura

from The New Yorker: Poetry: First Leaf


Heaven's Eel
by Charles Wright

from The New Yorker: Poetry: Heaven's Eel


Great Regulars: [by Sara Guest]

Wet, Wheat

The big question we call it.

from The Oregonian: Poetry


Great Regulars: By Robert Hass

)))) Listen

Tomales Bay is flat blue in the Indian summer heat.

from PBS: Newshour: Weekly Poem: 'September, Inverness'


Great Regulars: By Rosalind Casey

He's playing Pan

from San Antonio Express-News: Poetry: 'Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious: A Book Report'


Great Regulars: "Elegy for Miss Calico"

By Frank Gallimore

from Slate: "Elegy for Miss Calico" --By Frank Gallimore


Great Regulars: Writing about [Elizabeth] Jennings in 1970,

Terry Eagleton said her poems always needed to guard against "an impulse to generalized, excessively proverbial statement". And that is what this one does: the last word--"untenanted"--may reinforce other religious clues--boxes carried off, ghosts, dread--or it may simply leave us where we started: in an empty house.

Moving House

Soon the house will be filled again,

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: Moving House


Great Regulars: Jason Shinder describes the experience

of intimate connection in his stunningly direct and forthright last book, "Stupid Hope." The entire book was written under the shadow and stigma--the mortal terror--of a deadly cancer. Shinder tries to come to grips with dying too soon, and his testament shines with the light of last things. He can't linger much longer. He is furious with time, "which takes everything but itself." This gives special poignancy to the experience he names "Eternity." The entire poem is one sentence long--12 lines, which alternative between one and two-line stanzas. These create elastic units within the lyric, speeding up and slowing down the rhythm, isolating and intensifying individual moments.


from The Washington Post: Poet's Choice: 'Eternity' by Edward Hirsch


Poetic Obituaries: After the publication of his last

poetry volume, Turner Cassity introduced his collection at a poetry reading by disclosing, "I never write about my own emotions, and I never write about the South." When asked by an eager observer what he wrote about instead, Cassity quipped: "I write about the wickedness of the world--that way I'll never run out of material."

from The Emory Wheel: Cassity Remembered as Prolific Poet and Friend


Poetic Obituaries: "He was a man who could be insightful

about president Jimmy Carter's defects and just as easily discuss Calvin's virtues, talk about Saint Teresa of Avila or his beloved Paarl. And he was one of our finest poets."

Writer Rachelle Greeff said she had lost a conversation partner [in Izak de Villiers]. "At times in my life he was a father figure. I always saw the poet and the man of God first. He was a deeply, deeply spiritual person."

Former journalist and longtime friend, Fritz Joubert, said De Villiers was one of the most versatile writers and journalists.

from News24: Well-known poet, editor dies


Poetic Obituaries: An only child, Cesalie [Henson] had just turned 18

on Sept. 13. Her mother said she was interested in attending the Savannah College of Art and Design and was a writer at heart, in love with fiction and poetry.

"She was a very, very gifted writer," Henson said.

from Rome News-Tribune: Mourning a creative spirit: Mother, teacher say Cesalie was quiet and artistic


Poetic Obituaries: A.S. Isma began writing in 1960

when his first short story "Kenang-Kenangan Hidup" was published in Tunas Belia, a publication of MPMB.

The writer has written nearly 200 poems. His first poem "Desa Anak Derhaka" was published in Utusan Zaman in 1960.

Apart from Utusan Zaman, his poems were also published in Mingguan Malaysia, Berita Minggu, Majalah Guru, Angkatan Baru, Penulis, Gema Dunia, Mutiara, Dewan Bahasa, Dewan Masyarakat, Dewan Sastera, Mastika, Bahana, Karya dan Bintang Harian.

from Brunei Online: Prominent writer passes away


Poetic Obituaries: Born in Antequera on 9th October 1909,

José Antonio Muñoz Rojas was a member of the Generation of '36 group of poets and was a co-founder of the ‘Nueva Revista' literary review.

It was not until his later years that he received official recognition for his works. He was awarded the National Poetry Prize in 1998, the Reina Sofía Iberoamerican Poetry Prize in 2002, and was a favoured son of Andalucía.

from Typically Spanish: Antequera mourns its much-loved poet


Poetic Obituaries: Hindi poet Gaya Prasad Tiwari,

who had been twice awarded with the Hindi Sahitya Akademi Award, died here after he was run over by a train. The incident was reported from Aishbagh railway crossing under Talkatora police circle on Sunday morning. Tiwari was 89 years old.

from The Times of India: Hindi poet run over by train


Poetic Obituaries: While serving as Japanese ambassador

to the Vatican, Senegal and Morocco, he [Sono Uchida] devoted himself to spreading haiku, worked as an art critic, and became the first president of the Haiku International Association in 1989.

from Breitbart: Diplomat-cum-haiku poet Uchida dies at 85--Japan


Poetic Obituaries: In the Telegraph Forum newsroom,

Mr. [Donald Eugene] Wynn trained dozens of reporters and instilled his own emphasis on comprehensive, accurate and clearly written coverage of hard news. His love of detail was complemented by a straightforward but graceful writing style honed earlier in poems and short fiction.

from Bucyrus Telegraph Forum: Donald Eugene Wynn


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September 22nd Poetic Ticker Clicking

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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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Daisy Fried takes a look at Franz Wright for us this week. This is our first link. It is followed by some very interesting pieces. And I say "interesting" because that seems to characterize what's in the poetry news as we segway into the fall for some reason. Matthew Zapruder talks about poetry writing. Michael Rosen gets a workshop-like critique of a poem he just drafted from a child he premiered it to. The Best American Poetry is out, and David Lehman is saying, "Poetry criticism is at its worst today," and he names names. Our Back Page item is about a study that shows reading absurdist literature makes people smarter--interesting. My hypothesis is that Poetry & Poets in Rags does. So News at Eleven begins with a Franz (Frank Wright) and ends with one (Franz Kafka)--interesting.

And we have more, excellent poetry and thought-provoking articles abounding in Great Regulars; plus a full Poetic Obituaries. Thanks for clicking in.

If you get a chance, click into the IBPC pages at WebDelSol.com. The results are in for August. Here are the winning poems with George Szirtes' commentary: Winning Poems for August 2009.


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News at Eleven: The poem ends, "She was unhappy

just as I was only not as lucky"--almost glib in its bitterness. Is the tragedy, then, the poet-speaker's or the child's? Is she just another "fine human/hamster"?

It's hard to tell if [Franz] Wright's strategies are faulty or brilliant; whether he performs, or unconsciously reveals, problematic character. Readers may find themselves wondering, "Why'd he do that?"--and that's as it should be with poetry.

from The New York Times: Dark Glamour


News at Eleven: Maybe something more like a cadence.

Most poetry is "formal" in that way.

And I think, secretly, that my poems actually do rhyme. It's just that the rhyme is what I would call "conceptual," that is, not made of sounds, but of ideas that accomplish what the sounds do in formal poetry: to connect elements that one wouldn't have expected, and to make the reader or listener, even if just for a moment, feel the complexity and disorder of life, and at the same time what Wallace Stevens called the "obscurity of an order, a whole."

from Los Angeles Times: Off The Shelf: Finding the pieces that turn writing into poetry


News at Eleven: [Michael Rosen] launches into an impromptu

performance of a new poem packed with the signature Rosen energy and humour.

"You’re the first people to ever hear that," he beams at us. My children, Sam, 11, and Claudie, seven, fortunately, are suitably impressed. Then Sam suggests Rosen makes the first verse the last.

Every parent experiences moments like this, when your offspring shoot their mouth off in an inappropriate fashion to adults that obviously know so-o-o much better.

from The Big Issue: Michael Rosen


News at Eleven: But [David] Lehman's particular theme this year

is the state of poetry criticism, and he doesn't hold back: "Poetry criticism at its worst today," Lehman asserts, "is mean in spirit and spiteful in intent," and he goes on from there to apply an especially vigorous flogging to the critic William Logan, who is sort of the Louis C.K. of poetry criticism, and who has written, for example, that reading the work of C.K. Williams is "like watching a dog eat its own vomit."

from Entertainment Weekly: 'The Best American Poetry 2009': Sonnets, vomit, and 'Mad Men'


News at Eleven: by Majid Naficy


My neighbor is going to the zoo

from Iranian.com: My Neighbor Goes to the Zoo


News at Eleven: Their alleged crimes included distributing leaflets,

hanging banners on bridges, writing poems and articles and disseminating articles on the Internet calling for democracy, human rights and political pluralism, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. The group said it had obtained a copy of a police report on the case.

Two other activists are expected to be tried separately on the same charge but in the capital Hanoi, relatives said. Poet Pham Van Troi, 37, will be tried on Thursday in Hanoi, said his wife, Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang.

from The Straits Times: 8 Viet dissidents to be tried


News at Eleven: After serving nine years in Insein Prison,

Sagaing Division NLD member Monywa Aung Shin says he intends to keep following the NLD's policies.

A poet prosecuted under the Publishing Acts, he was released on September 18 after serving nine years and five months of a 21-year prison sentence.

Though he affirms he is happy to be released as part of the recent amnesty, he said he also wants to see political prisoners not part of the junta's amnesty freed.

from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's pages: Amnestied NLD member reaffirms his faith in party
also Reporters Without Borders: Four journalists released under junta's amnesty


News at Eleven: [Walt] Whitman knew what happened to boys shot

in the chest; he knew how such news affected families since he often met them on their visits to the hospitals; he knew what terrible truths the consoling letters sent to families concealed, since he had often written such letters himself. Whitman was a great poet of the Civil War because he understood the nature and purpose of the war, which was to inflict suffering on the American imagination.

from Telegraph: The American Civil War: the gruesome suffering of soldiers exposed


News at Eleven: Leonard Cohen collapsed during a concert

in Valencia, Spain, on Friday, September 18th after suffering from a case of food poisoning. After a brief hospital stay, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame poet-singer was released and is reportedly recovering well. Cohen is expected to perform tonight, September 21st, in Barcelona—a show that also marks the Canadian singer's 75th birthday!

from The Rolling Stone: Leonard Cohen Collapses Onstage in Spain, Celebrates 75th Birthday


News at Eleven: There's something of the shadow puppeteer

in Don Paterson--reading his poems, you don't know what's real and what's illusion; they play with the reader's perceptions and sense of perspective, so that you aren't quite sure whether what you're looking at are the moving figures themselves or the backlit projection screen.

from The Guardian: Rain by Don Paterson
also The Guardian: Don Paterson on Rain