on poetry

September 16, 2019

“History is a succession of things that ought never to have happened, and the writing act is a kind of revenge against this.”
Breyten Breytenbach
(b. September 16, 1939)

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photo by Keke Keukelaar


beyond the whale

September 14, 2019

In addition to his prodigious prose page count, Herman Melville was a prolific poet. This fall, in celebration of the author’s 200th birthday, Library of America caps its four-volume Herman Melville series (begun 37 years ago with series volume #1) with volume #320, a thousand-page tome gathering Melville’s complete poetry. Read more about the book at Library of America.

new video series

September 13, 2019

Launching this week, Ours Poetica is a year-long video series created by the Poetry Foundation and Complexly and curated by poet Paige Lewis. Each episode presents a reader (poets and otherwise) “reading a poem that is meaningful to them, and discussing their connection to it, or inspiration for it.” Visit Ours Poetica on YouTube and enjoy a new poem each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

sci-po podcast

September 12, 2019

Sam Illingworth is Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is also the author of A Sonnet To Science: Scientists and Their Poetry, an account of six ground-breaking scientists who also wrote poetry, and the effect that this had on their lives and research.

Dr Illingworth, furthermore, has a swell voice and puts it to use on a podcast series: The Poetry of Science. In each short episode (there are now 13), “he provides insight into new scientific research via the medium of poetry.” He also supplies a link to the scientific research and a second related poem. Have a listen!

After St. Lucy’s Day, 2018*

September 8, 2019

2019 Merit Award
By Tom Moore

With the final whisper of the night’s
last bell, the church goers gather
with their prayers. Outside

it is cold. Beyond cold, really.
The two gay men with their son
have come to be a part of something

larger than themselves
though they are not
sure what. For most

people here the assumptions made
about an ancient fertility god
don’t translate well into

code. Yet the kids seem to get a kick
out of things. The tree, tastefully done
sketches of Jesus, the programs for those who

don’t usually attend
do not offend. Hiding
out there in the dark is
of course, the thirst.

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*Copyright 2019 by Tom Moore. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

tasty poetry in Tucson

September 6, 2019

If your travel plans include Tucson, stop by the University of Arizona Poetry Center and have a look at Come to the Table, an exhibit of food poems on display through Saturday, November 23, 2019.

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Image: “Ode to Guacamole” from Adobe Odes by Pat Mora (University of Arizona Press, 2006)

on poetry

September 3, 2019

“You must find your own quiet center of life, and write from that to the world.”
Sarah Orne Jewett
(September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909)

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quote from a letter to Willa Cather, 1908

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