April 28, 2015
“We are responsible for the quality of our vision, we have a say in the shaping of our sensibility. In the many thousand daily choices we make, we create ourselves and the voice with which we speak and work.”
(b. April 28, 1950)
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quote: The Granta Book of Reportage, Ian Jack, ed.
photo: Blue Flower Arts
April 27, 2015
If you enjoy hearing poetry well read, listen up.
The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress contains some two thousand items, which are gradually being made available online.
From the Fishouse a “free online audio archive showcases emerging poets (defined for this purpose as poets with fewer than two published books of poetry at the time of submission) reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process.”
The Poetry Streamer is The Cortland Review’s radio station of poetry. It streams all the publication’s poetry recordings from the past 15 years in random order.
Book Riot has posted a video collection of “10 More Famous Poems Recited by Famous People.”
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image from Anatomy and Drawing by Victor Perard, 1928
April 26, 2015
Now and then we like to update our list of poets laureate. Links are provided, where available, to the poet’s own website, the announcement or the appointing agency.
- Elizabeth Austen continues as the Washington State poet laureate (2014-16).
- Marjorie Rommel is the newly-appointed poet laureate of Auburn (2015 -2017)
- Peter Sears is Oregon’s new poet laureate (2014-2016).
- Michael Dylan Welch rounds out his term as Redmond’s poet laureate (2013-2015).
- Thom Caraway is serving as Spokane’s first poet laureate (2013-2015)
- Cathy Nguyen has just been appointed as Tacoma poet laureate (2015-2017).
- Rachel Rose is serving as poet laureate of Vancouver, BC (2014-2017).
- Ina Whitlock continues as poet laureat of Vashon Island (2013-2015).
- Yvonne Blomer and Zoé Duhaime have been appointed poet laureate and youth poet laureate, respectively, of Victoria, BC.
April 25, 2015
Seattle is getting serious about its poetry profile. The other day we posted about the city’s search for a Youth Poet Laureate and now we learn that Seattle is also seeking a Civic Poet. While the call for applications does not use the term poet laureate, the role and responsibilities sound similar.
The Seattle Civic Poet will “serve as a cultural ambassador,” offering “five annual performances” as well as “hands-on work with communities to engage constituents city-wide.” The position is “open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works and/or spoken word experience.” The application deadline is May 28, 2015. Read more here.
April 24, 2015
April 23, 2015
Along with Tacoma and Portland and Denver and New York’s East Village, the city of Toronto now has a Poetry Map. The Toronto Public Library project, assembled with the guidance of Toronto poet laureate George Elliott Clarke, currently includes around 200 site-specific poems. Click on the location and you get a poem excerpt (sometimes more than one) along with a link to the Library’s book from which the poem is taken. An ongoing effort, the Toronto Poetry Map continues to take suggestions for new poems to add to the map.
April 22, 2015
Take yourself on a poetry walk in Olympic National Park. The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) and Olympic National Park are offering a series of four self-guided trail walks, each marked along the way with a variety of inspiring poems. The poems will be in place April 13 – June 14 only. Read more about the poetry walks and the trails on the NOLS Poetry Walks page.