Posts by: David Biespiel

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 2): “Ave Maria”


Mothers of America / let your kids go to the movies! ...more



David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 1): “The Idea of Ancestry”


I know / their dark eyes, they know mine. ...more



David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Suit


It was as if he understood that the authentic must begin in the voice. And through the texture of the voice—its moral and psychological claims—sensory details emerge with absolute authority. ...more


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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Pale of Vermont


But to become a writer I needed at least to learn about my own superstitions. I needed space in the house to sketch with words. I needed to commit heresies. And those acts had to feel pleasurable. ...more


David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Something’s Happening Out There


The big crowd stretched form the gold-domed State House to Park Street. I had the urgent feeling that we were part of something. That we counted. ...more


David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Dugout


So much of politics is symbolic speech in the service of the syncopations of the lives we actually live. But the ways we gather to vote is with our bodies. It’s the dance that goes along with those rhythms. ...more


David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Primal Talk


One of the thrills of being a writer is becoming aware of the wildness that percolates inside of you. If you’ve learned to listen, you’re able to hear it. ...more


David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Not That Town


Times like those lead you to believe that writing is, before it’s anything else, about simply getting it straight. ...more


David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Defeat


It never occurred to me to try to write poems without the guidance of other poets and poems. ...more


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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Old Friends Or Lovers


I was becoming awed by the wide horizon of the speech that arose out of an individual life lived in a single era and generation. I was becoming attracted to the writer’s creativity. ...more

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Cornerstones of American Poetry


The only way I can put it is, no American poet I have ever met regardless of disposition or poetics has disliked Frank Stanford’s poems. ...more

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Midnight in the Century

By’s poetry apologists for the Iraq war just keep repeating their intelligence error odes. Wouldn’t it be better, however, if they would address the horror of the failed effort in Iraq? ...more