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Thursday, August 25, 2011

No posts due to earthquake ennui!

I can't sleep- I hate this- I am behind on everything!

Poetry workshop again at Grace Church Wednesday, August 31 at 2pm and 7:30pm

scroll down the page for more info- Please come!

my personal earthquake damage.

At least the Waterford (colleen) tumbler didn't break.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Poetry workshop in Goochland starts Wednesday

top ten "best of" poets?

It;'s a new world out there, children.

They can cast Philip Levine as the Studs Terkel of poetry, but they can't make a single baby boomer young again- and double that when you judge it poetry. (Okay, I got a little lost on the good ship trope but I'm not rewritting this- it's not a poem).

ANYWAY,  Click here to get some interesting opinions- and click on the specific poetry links.

Tell me what you think- I'm not sure yet what I think.

I've never heard of ANY of these poets, that I can remember (and that worries me).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So yeah, this made me almost cry

Poetry can do that, if it's the right poem (by Cate Peebles) at the right moment of chaos in my day

Read it and weep

Maybe it's because I window shopped at a couple of little odd-shops on Lakeside Ave today (across the street from Consignment Corner, where we also shopped).

There's something about the sight of objects someone doesn't need anymore that makes me happy - they are relieving themselves of the burden of "things".

but what if they have died or lost everything because of difficult circumstances?

Conflict. That's what makes poets. Conflicts. That's what makes poems.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New National Poet Laureate

Head wordy fella

And so it's the personable curmudgeon Philip Levine as our new poet laureate.

A "working man" because he grew up in Detroit. A "common" man because he isn't an elite New Yorker.

I happen to like his poems. A lot. But there is a certain cynicism attached to the decision to offer up a "commoner" to the people, when the middle class is under such pressure.

At least that would be the case if anyone really cared- except a handful of poets sprinkled across the country.

Another drop in the ocean, A sweet one.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Wanna Free Book? Do you like Dead Penguins?

Check this out:

an ebook promo from MelvilleHouse Publishing


you can get it right here in Richmond at The Fountain Bookstore!!

It's free if you do it in the next four days!!

I got mine.

A summer Tony Hoagland

Summer is tough for poetry- it's hot, other things call (barbecue, watermelon, naps) and general folderoling around.

So I got nothin'

But here's a poem by Tony Hoagland you might like


mmm, yeah.