Posts Tagged: poetry foundation
At the Poetry Foundation, Sara Ivry interviews a host of poets on the occasion of Cave Canem’s twentieth anniversary. Robin Coste Lewis points to the brilliance of founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in situating Cave Canem above the fray:
We’re here to write and to write about our own experiences, our own cultures, sometimes, sometimes not—we’re here to write about hummingbirds, too, without having to fight for our right simply to hold a pen or for our right simply to read other black poets.
For some, poetry can seem out of reach. It’s like a different language. I don’t understand poetry very well, and I have to re-read everything several times before I even begin to understand it. Jacqueline Woodson’s “Lift Every Voice” at the Poetry Foundation’s website echoes those feelings, but also offers relief:
I used to be afraid of poetry.
Is it work, though? The question persists. Is a single muscle exerted during the process? Do you sweat at all, besides the weird thing that sometimes happens under your right arm because you haven’t lifted it up for 8 hours?
We could all use a little guidance down the artist’s path now and then, and today’s helping hand comes from essential Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska.
The Poetry Foundation gathered some of her greatest hits from the poetry advice column she used to write for Polish litmag Życie Literackie (Literary Life)....more
Celebrate the workers of the world with the Poetry Foundation’s list of “poems reflecting on work, responsibility, and the end of summer.”
The post includes links to audio recordings of readings and interviews, as well as a few analytical articles, for a full appreciation of labor, both literary and not....more
The Poetry Foundation has featured The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Camille Guthrie on their blog this week!
Thanks, Poetry Foundation, we love you back!...more
“The fact that a marathon was still going to be held on this borough, when we were still finding bodies in the marshes surrounding the area where the marathon would begin – it solidified everything that Staten Island felt about being apart of the city.”
At the Poetry Foundation’s NewsHour, Jennifer Fitzgerald poeticizes on Sandy’s destruction of Staten Island, and delivers a tragic report on the city’s efforts to clean up the borough....more
Ever heard that gobsmacking troubadourist Ezra Pound read his elaborate, funkified sestina, “Sestina: Altafore,” in a voice that is one part American-as-European, swilling-with-the-rolling-R’s accent and cantorian swoons and another part a sort of goofy Hailey, Idaho carnival barker? The nifty Open Culture website is featuring a recording on its blog right now....more
W. S. DiPiero has been awarded the 2012 Ruth Lilly Prize by the Poetry Foundation. From the Poetry Foundation website: “Presented annually to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets....more
“It’s always interesting when a very strange book is also an enduringly popular book.”
This Poetry Foundation essay is appreciating The Bell Jar, which is embarking on its 40th year of publication. Initially unnoticed for its literary prowess in Britain, it’s been sustainably successful here, and most likely had a profound presence during your teenage years....more
Hi everyone. I sort of took today off along with everyone else here at The Rumpus, but there was a lot of good stuff in the po-world this week and I wanted to pass it along.
For starters, Memorious launched their blog today, and their first official post is “what books we’re looking forward to in 2010,” which is a wonderful change from all the retrospective lists that pop up this time of year....more
Here’s some interesting reading from the world of poetry this week.
This is a little dated by internet standards, but it’s still worth looking at: Calvin Trillin versifies about the Roman Polanski apologists....more
Animated poem read by Geoffrey Brock. Part of Poetry Everywhere, produced by the Poetry Foundation in association with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Animation by Daniel Wilkins.