on poetry

March 18, 2019

“It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.”
Stéphane Mallarmé
(March 18, 1842 – September 9, 1898)

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photo by Paul Nadar


meanwhile, in Duluth

March 16, 2019

The new poet laureate of Duluth, Minnesota, Gary Boelhower, has figured out a simple way to get poetry to a wider audience: offer free copies in bookstores, coffee shops, and other places people gather. Local poets submit poems, the project makes copies, and they’re distributed in designated “Local FREE Poetry” boxes around town. So far, Boelhower is offering 41 poems by 11 poets in 12 boxes. Nice idea.

Read more in the Duluth News Tribune.

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March 11, 2019

If you are still uncertain what to read next, have a browse through FIVE BOOKS. The site asks experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and to explain their selection in an interview. At least two new interviews are published each week and more that a thousand interviews and five thousand book recommendations are archived and searchable.

outlaw poetry

March 5, 2019

In case you missed this fascinating bit of news, it seems that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow took time from their outlawing to write poetry. Their 1933 notebook full of poems, along with some related material, will go on the auction block in April 2019 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. While Heritage believes the material to be genuine writings by Bonnie and Clyde, they say the evidence is, thus far, “not conclusive enough for us to definitively authenticate the handwriting.” They are continuing to seek authentication. Read all about it on the Heritage Auctions site.

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March 2, 2019

Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and a stellar lineup of other poets will offer their reflections on Poetry & Democracy this evening, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham.

SpeakEasy 23: Poetry & Democracy adds regional voices to the nationwide conversation initiated by the Poetry Coalition for the month of March. Please join us. The event is free.

on poetry

February 21, 2019

“…poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
W.H. Auden
(February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973)

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quote from “New Year Letter”

found Valentine

February 14, 2019

found Valentine © j.i. kleinberg

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