David Biespiel

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 15): “Southern History”

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We can’t hide from our history and we can’t pass it on to future generations. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 14): “Some Grass Along a Ditch Bank”

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...being on the edge of the natural world is like being on the edge of time. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 13): “Letter to Simic from Boulder”

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"Wherever you are on earth, you are safe,” writes Richard Hugo. Really? ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 12): “Shine, Perishing Republic”

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Vive le resistance déjà vu, you say? Are we only a nation that forgets, a United States of Obliviousness? ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 11): “Skinhead”

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Using dramatic monologue, Smith unmasks the skinhead’s anger to fend off threats to his way of life. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 8): “Song of the Gourd”

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“Song of the Gourd” is like an eye roll at this sort of gusto about leaving the Southland. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Against Hatred

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We poets do not believe the world belongs to us. Our existence is a miracle, and yet we know our world is limited. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 7): “Facing It”

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There should be no forgetting, much less forgiveness, of what happened during the Vietnam War. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 6): “To Elsie”

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Now the battle is joined. I will prosecute my part of it as a writer till the last dog dies... ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 4): “Roosters”

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the roosters brace their cruel feet and glare // with stupid eyes / while from their beaks there rise / the uncontrolled, traditional cries. ...more

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

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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”

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

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Suit

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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

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Pale of Vermont

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Old Friends Or Lovers

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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