Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
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? As we remember Jane Austen's birthday today — December 16, 1775 — we look at the opening lines of her most famous novel. Pride and Prejudice. Published in 1813.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
It is fitting that New York City's Library Walk has a plaque honoring Muriel Rukeyser. New York City was home to her birth and it is where she breathed her last in 1980. In between, Muriel Rukeyser raised cane poetically against the injustices of war, racism and inequalities affecting humankind.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth — December 15, 1913 — we visit Library Walk and the poem — The Speed of Darkness — that is quoted upon her plaque.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It is nine in the evening
The day before Thanksgiving
The busiest travel day of the year
There is a fresh pack of smokes on the dash
A six-pack is nestled between the front bucket seats
Road maps of the Northeast are placed in order,
Geographically, from nearest state to furthest on the passenger seat
A man sits behind the wheel of his car and quietly closes the door
He can be at the ocean —
His hometown of York, Maine — by dawn tomorrow
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
|President John F. Kennedy gives speech in Fort Worth, Texas November 22, 1963.|
A nation mourned on November 22, 1963.
It's been said that out of great mourning comes great art. W.H Auden's Elegy for J.F.K. is a testament to that. Comprised of four haiku stanzas the elegy was written at the request of the composer Igor Stravinsky in 1964 for his score of the same name.
While Auden's verse is only four stanzas in length, Stravinsky repeated the first stanza at the score's conclusion.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Szybist's winning "Incardine" depicts the Annunciation in many forms.|
Mary Szybist has won the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. In a ceremony last night in New York City, Szybist beat out a stellar group of finalists to claim the National Book Award for her brilliantly inventive volume of poetry — Incardine. Nikky Finney who won in 2011, led a panel of five judges and presented Szybist with her award.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
|For Marc Pettigrew life is good. The best is yet to come.|
Marc Pettigrew has a new album out and no it's not his second album. The album is called Second Wind and could just as easily be called Second Chance.
Last year, Marc underwent a double lung transplant after being hooked up to bottles of oxygen since the late 1990s. The ever present bottle earned him the nickname 'Oxygen Marc' from his friends in Mexico.
When we communicated with Marc for this interview he was putting the finishing touches on the Second Wind disc.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
|Pilsen gets Slammed by Poetry.|
Chicago has a long history of promoting poetry. The Poetry magazine has provided poets from Kilmer to Trethewey with vital exposure for more than a century. The first poetry slams were created at Chicago's Green Mill by the legendary Marc Smith and still thrive there today. Saturday November 9 the tradition continues as the Nitecap Coffee Bar in Pilsen gets slammed with the latest round of the Word Up! poetry slam.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|Albert Camus: Born 100 years ago today.|
Awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times" the Bar None Group recognizes Albert Camus on the centennial of his birth.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
|Did this picture just give away the worst poem ever?|
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Halloween Parade that Lou Reed sings about on his 1989 New York disc had been left for dead. Neither 9/11 nor Hurricane Irene in 2011 could stop the parade. Huricane Sandy in 2012 did bring about its death...or do we speak of the parade's death prematurely? Now risen from the dead through a crowd funding effort, the Greenwich Village mainstay has come back to life. But is it the same Halloween Parade that Lou Reed sang about?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Born on this day in 1914, Dylan Thomas (1914–1953) is perhaps more famous in death than he was in life. In life the Welsh poet is best remembered for his A Child's Christmas in Wales. In death he is the "roistering, drunken and doomed poet" who famously drank himself to death in New York City.
As memorialized in his adopted New York, it is the second verse of In My Craft or Sullen Art that is enshrined on Library Walk. The poem first appeared in Deaths and Entrances published in 1946. In My Craft or Sullen Art expertly captures the process and motivation of the poet — or of any creative mind who creates not for material gain but for something more substantial — something from within.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The shortlists for the National Book Awards were announced today and the nominees for the poetry award are: Frank Bidart; Lucie Brock-Broido; Adrian Matejka; Matt Rasmussen and; Mary Szybist. Nikky Finney who won the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry for her fourth volume of poetry – Head Off & Split heads a panel of five judges who will decide this year's honoree.