Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
|A. A. E. C.|
Born, July 1848; died, November 1849.
Of English blood, of Tuscan birth
What country should we give her?
Instead of any on the earth,
The civic Heavens receive her.
And here among the English tombs
In Tuscan ground we lay her,
While the blue Tuscan sky endomes
Our English words of prayer.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Library of Congress announced today that Mexican American poet Juan Felipe Herrara will succeed Charles Wright as the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States.
Herrara is currently the Poet Laureate of his home state California and will officially become U.S. Poet Laureate with a reading at the commencement of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15.
Friday, June 5, 2015
The plaques on Library Way across from the main branch of the New York Public Library grab quotes from history, famous literary works and from the lion of literature — the authors. Alfred Kazin's quote is different.
Kazin's quote is of the library itself. Room 315 in particular — the Main Reading Room.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
"This poem may be the last best hope for real literary art. It is the cave wall where we record our passing."
So begins the bookmark placed inside my recently purchased copy of Allen Ginsberg's The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice. It was "smuggled into this book by one of our Special Operatives" at the Guerilla [sic] Poetics Project.
The Guerilla Poetics Project was a marketing strategy to bring underground poetry to the mainstream by placing broadsides in selected books. From 2006-2008 selected poems of more than 50 poets reached new, unsuspecting audiences in this manner. How the Bar None Group came to stumble upon a broadside at a bookstore in University Village in Chicago in 2015 is somewhat surprising.
Curiously — and probably by happenstance — the broadside which spoke of morning was placed next to a Ginsberg poem which spoke of the evening. Reading the two pieces of poetry together seemed like the proper thing to do...like watching The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd. You end up with an inter-generational poetic mash up. One that I am sure Ginsberg would be keen to explore himself.