on poetry

July 9, 2019

“I needed to go out and extend the margins of my world before I’d know anything worthy of a poem.”
Susan Rich
(b. July 9)

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your basic bookshelf

July 3, 2019

If you needed a guide to essential books for your poetry library, you might start with Rebecca Hussey’s 50 Must-Read Best Poetry Books, presented in Book Riot. From Sappho to recent books by living poets, the list offers a solid foundation of favorites.

For other recent Book Riot lists, see Sarah Ullery’s 50 Must-Read Poetry Collections of 2019 or Christina Orlando’s 50 of The Best Poetry Books From Authors of Contemporary Works.

on poetry

June 27, 2019

“The age is materialistic. Verse isn’t. I must be with the age, so I am writing prose.”
Paul Laurence Dunbar
(June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906)

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quote: The Sport of the Gods: and Other Essential Writings (Modern Library)

meanwhile, in Tucson

June 25, 2019

If you happen to find yourself in Tucson any time between now and November 23, 2019, pop in to the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography to see A Portrait of Poetry. For the exhibit, photographer B.A. Van Sise created portraits of poets that were inspired by poems written by the poet in the portrait. In addition to about 80 photographs, the show, co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Poetry Center, also includes a video portrait of Sharon Olds.

If you can’t make it to Tucson, you can view the portraits and the poems here. The work will be published as Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry (Schaffner Press/IPG) in September 2019.

Oswald at Oxford

June 22, 2019

For the first time since the position was created more than 300 years ago, a woman has been elected Oxford professor of poetry. Nominated by 167 people, Alice Oswald won by a “huge margin,” according to this article in The Guardian.

Writing in a statement to support her candidacy, the poet outlined plans for “Extreme Poetry Events” including all-night readings, a carnival of translations and a poem circus modelled on John Cage’s anarchic community piece Musicircus.

on poetry

June 13, 2019

“Heaven deliver us, what’s a poet? Something that can’t go to bed without making a song about it.”
Dorothy L. Sayers
(June 13, 1893 – December 17, 1957)

on poetry

June 5, 2019

“A poet must be a professor of the five senses and must open doors among them.”
Federico García Lorca
(June 5, 1898 – August 18, 1936)

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