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Thanks Jim, Leslie & Jenny. (And you too, Romantic dinner recipes.) I am very happy to be useful!
This is my last post of the week, which has me thinking of endings, knowing when to stop and how. I think the first time I truly understood what could be done by changing the end of a poem was in a poetry class with Deborah Digges. We were discussing two versions of Emily Dickinson's poem beginning "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain." The first is the version you probably know, with all the poet's own peculiar capitalizations and dashes: Among the many neutering liberties it takes, the second version (which was the first to appear in print), lops... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Mine too. You can play it almost anywhere and it's free.
This evening I was reading this post on The Hairpin, all about "low-effort toddler games" like "Do You Like My Hat?" and "Hide Things in Your Clothes," and it reminded me of a passage from the children's book Pinky Pye, wherein a cat types up a list of suggested games: The very clever cat then goes on to explain more complicated games, which you might enjoy reading (beginning on page 118). And this led me to thinking of all the games I've played with poet friends, which now I will tell you how to play, in case you find yourself... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
You know the moment when you discover that other people have the same dream as you? I love that. I don't mean dream as in goal; goals are silly. Dreams are much more important. It's only recently come to my attention that lots of people (besides me) dream about discovering new rooms in houses they thought they knew. I've had the dream a few times, about a few different houses, but the feeling is always the same. I'm tremendously excited. There's more space! How could I have forgotten? How magnificent! Some cleaning will be needed, of course, but just think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Today I finished updating with content from the new issue--our twenty-second. Much of the process is a little mundane, like figuring out (with my extremely limited html skills) how to best represent a poem's irregular form. It's a puzzle, but not an especially artistic one. On the other hand, once all that formatting's complete, I get to move on to my favorite part of making a new issue: determining how to index the poems. We do have an index of contributors' names, but the "index of ideas" is where I get excited. Might I associate a poem with already-existing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
One morning early in my life I decided it was high time I read a book. My parents had been pointing out letters to me for a while, and I loved noticing “H”s when we drove past billboards, or stood in line at the supermarket near the magazines. They had helped me begin making the link between letters and their sounds, and I was tired of being surrounded by words I could not decipher on my own. From a shelf in the living room I selected Owl and Sleepy Dragon, carried it to the kitchen table, and went to work.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at The Best American Poetry