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?|