Posts Tagged: poetry
Should poetry be heard and not seen?
In most, though not all, historic literary traditions, verse is distinguished from prose by the fact that the lines or stanzas are identified as such by recurrent patterns of sound (quantity, accent, rhyme, or assonance) which are independent of both the syntax and the meaning.
I think it would be a great time for men, basically, to go on vacation.
Eileen Myles is interviewed by the New York Times, touching on poetry’s place in politics, and men’s place in either: open femaleness, memorable lines, and the many acts available to us after our first—short and sweet from poetry’s best....more
Hundreds of writers around the world are protesting Saudi Arabia’s death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, accused of promoting atheism in his 2008 book of poetry Instructions Within. As a show of solidarity with the poet, Fayadh’s poetry will be read at 122 events in 44 countries....more
Oxford academic Elisabeth Kendall has found that poetry may be a major recruitment tool for militant jihadis in the Middle East. Although poetry is often sidelined in Western cultures, it is still important in Arab-speaking nations, where a reality TV show called Millions Poet gets more views than sports events:
“The language of poetry emulates the language in which the Qu’ran was revealed … jihadist publications make liberal use of poetry from the classical heritage, which they largely fail to attribute, but which listeners might find faintly familiar from oral tradition,” [Kendall] says.
Considering that most poetry isn’t read, “is it brave or crazy to devote oneself to poetry,” the New York Times asks. Citing poet Christopher Gilbert’s recently republished manuscript, the article says:
Whether Christopher Gilbert’s poetry—or any poet’s poetry—will outlive the gilded monuments of princes is impossible to know.
For Motherboard at VICE, Elizabeth Preston profiles the work of Sarah Harmon, a programmer in the field of computational creativity. Harmon has taken significant steps in designing programs that can learn the rules of language and literature to create their own attempts at figurative language and poetry....more
At The Fanzine, Lucy Tiven reviews Micah Ling’s recent collection of poems, Flashes of Life. She focuses on the use of song in Ling’s poems, and how it allows Ling to play with the dichotomy of reality and fantasy:
I believe sort of a cheesy thing: that poetry can create, or at least test out worlds that aren’t possible in ours.