on poetry

September 25, 2020


“Fundamentally,
I started writing
to save my life.”
Cherríe L. Moraga
(b. September 25, 1952)

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reading autumn

September 22, 2020

It’s the first day of fall and many of us are likely to keep spending more time at home over the coming months, so here are some additional suggestions for stocking the book larder:

If you’d care to recommend a recently published book of poetry, leave a comment!

on poetry

September 13, 2020

“[Back when I was writing poetry,] I was surrounded by poetic language, feeling almost stifled as the language became increasingly heavier, stronger and thicker around me. Whatever I did, I came up against language. This time, when I tried writing something with no line divisions, something tightly filled with letters, something that involves clearer passage of time and characters’ actions, I felt that the language, which had become heavy and stiff, suddenly flowed freely.”
Hiromi Itō
(b. September 13, 1955)

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on poetry

September 7, 2020

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”
Edith Sitwell
(September 7, 1887 – December 9, 1964)

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Gatherings

September 1, 2020

Gatherings is an art and poetry based project that experiments with a cycle of giving and receiving. The project began with 51 professional artists (making a total of 56 boxes), and 53 poets contributing original poems. Artists created their art on handcrafted wooden boxes. Poets have written original poetry for inclusion inside the boxes. The Gatherings boxes then began to travel as each artist chose a person to give the box to. Each recipient participated by adding something meaningful they chose to include inside the box: narrative writing, commentary, a poem, artwork, a meaningful object. That person then chose the next recipient, and so on in a sequence of giving and receiving.”

The boxes and all their contents will be available for interactive viewing at: Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, WA, September 1 – September 14, 2020, and Gail Severn Gallery in Sun Valley, ID, September 18- October 4, 2020.

Visit the Gatherings Project website for images, credits, poetry, and more information.

on poetry

August 29, 2020

“A literary influence is never just a literary influence. It’s also an influence in the way you see everything — in the way you feel your life.”
Thom Gunn
(August 29, 1929 – April 25, 2004)

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quote from 1970 notebook, cited in At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn, Joshua Weiner, ed.

more books

August 23, 2020

Here are a few more recommendations for your burgeoning list:

Want more recommendations? See earlier posts here.

on poetry

August 19, 2020


“A poem that inspires others to write poems, a poem that gives rise to hundreds, even thousands of other poems is a poor second to a poem, or any work of art, that inspires even one person to change his or her life to turn toward greater meaning, or the quest for greater meaning.”
Li-Young Lee
(b. August 19, 1957)

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on poetry

August 17, 2020


“Silence is also a form of speaking.”
Herta Müller
(b. August 17, 1953)

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Photo U. Montan © The Nobel Foundation
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still typing after all!

August 16, 2020

Some weeks back, we were musing about the typewriter poets put out of work by the pandemic. It turns out that not all of them are sitting idle. Cathy Thorne, AKA Everyday People Typewriter Poems, still attends parties and writes personalized poems to mark special occasions, but now she does it on Zoom. Who says poets aren’t resourceful? More on Facebook.

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