on poetry

July 5, 2022

“I often use outside material as part of my creative process: my M.O. is to begin with language or bits of information (story or ‘fact’) and see where it leads me. For these science-inspired poems I am most often led back to the human being where my own obsessions emerge — and often circle around the exploration of sexuality and yes, the monstrous.”
Kimiko Hahn
(b. July 5, 1955)

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Hot Off the Press

July 1, 2022

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery (Seattle) promises comics, art, poetry, prose, music, and more by over 50 indie artists from the Northwest and beyond at the 8th annual Hot Off the Press Book Fair on Saturday, July 9, 2022. It’s free. Details on the Fantagraphics Events page and on Facebook.

Oh, Emily

June 25, 2022

We haven’t read the book (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin), but in the interest of all-things-poetry, we feel obliged to tell you that Emily Blaster is here. If you are already a gamer, or are looking to improve your hand-eye coordination as you memorize the words of “Hope” is the thing with feathers
by Emily Dickinson, Emily Blaster is your ticket. Read the article in Smithsonian Magazine or play Emily Blaster now.

on poetry

June 20, 2022

“I write something every day. It might be a line of a poem. It might be a line of a song. It might be a sentence of a lecture. It might be a response to a question. Each takes a long time. I have no facility with language. I work hard at every sentence. Including this one. I’m still working on it!”
Paul Muldoon
(b. June 20, 1951)

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it’s good for you!

June 17, 2022

COVID-19 was still rather new in August 2020 when David Haosen Xiang and Alisha Moon Yi published “A Look Back and a Path Forward: Poetry’s Healing Power during the Pandemic” in the Journal of Medical Humanities. Be that as it may, the article’s bottom line is still interesting and valuable: “…the accessible nature of poetry makes it an incredibly relevant and applicable tool, especially now, when genuine connections are a scarce commodity.” Have a look!

on poetry

June 16, 2022

“I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”
Joyce Carol Oates
(b. June 16, 1938)

on poetry

June 10, 2022

“In 2011, I keep hearing that poetry is irrelevant, and there certainly isn’t much market for it. That doesn’t scare me. Poetry, grounded in the perception of endings, enjambment, and disjunction, is both a defiance of authority and a deposit from a future yet to come.”
Susan Howe
(b. June 10, 1937)

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on poetry

June 8, 2022

“Read. Read. Read. The poets you admire are the best teachers you can have. I’ve gotten better as a poet, I think. You get stronger and the more you know, listen, observe and read, the more control you have over your language.”

Gillian Clarke
(b. June 8, 1937)

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on poetry

May 30, 2022


“As music isn’t just notes on a page or within an improvisatory passage, poems are not simply individual words on a page. They are collections and sequences of language that strike both familiarity — whether that be in meaning or a recognition of its form, its rhetorical scheme — and work a notable change or transformation of meaning and its scheme that defamiliarizes that which had been previously known, that makes it new, as Ezra Pound said poetry had to.”

Garrett Hongo
(b. May 30, 1951)

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on poetry

May 27, 2022


“Often when I sit at my desk unable to write, ‘blocked’ as they put it, I open a [William] Stafford book and start to read. He makes it sound so easy, almost conversational, that I find I have to answer him, and so I start to write. My first four or five lines may have a Stafford ring to them, but then my own voice kicks in and I am on my way.”
Linda Pastan
(b. May 27, 1932)

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