Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Of the more than 40 plaques laid out on Library Way in 1998 honoring famous writers and literary quotes, less than 10 were of living authors. Julia Alvarez is one of three that still thrives and writes today. Curiously, the quote of hers on Library Way is from her 1984 collection of poetry, Homecoming.
In particular, the quote is from one of 33 sonnets that make up the bulk of her book entitled 33. The age she was when she confronted her own mortality and her next steps in life. On Library Walk it is the last five lines of one of these sonnets that have been immortalized in bronze.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards include titles by poets Claudia Rankine, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Venus Thrash. The poets were longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award that recognizes, "an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2014." A new translation of the revered Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by Edith Grossman is one of four titles translated from the original Spanish vying for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2014.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
|Just another cock and bull story?|
First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works. On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? In keeping with the day's green theme we look at the work of a son of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland — Laurence Sterne.
Tristram Shandy, properly titled, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is purported to be the autobiography of the titular character though by the end of the book the reader still knows little of Tristram himself as his thoughts tend not to stay focused on the job at hand — narrating the accounts of his life. Tristram's propensity for digression is such that the recounting of his birth does not occur until volume IV!