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Well, it's been a fun week. I thought I'd use my last post to respond to some of the comments and thoughts raised by my post of a couple of days ago, in which I asked whether and why folks write book reviews. Rather than be particularly organized, I'm just going to list some of my thoughts and opinions on the subject. And then, I'll be signing off. -It seems to me poetry reviews have a relatively small impact on poetry sales, because most poetry books are bought by libraries (for whom pre-pub reviews in PW and LJ matter most)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
As promised, today is my birthday. I'm 30 years old, pretty much twice as old as I was 15 years ago. Birthdays are very strange: it's as if one can really mark the passage of time, can stop and take a look. As I write this, I'm already making my way to 31. So, in a celebratory spirit, I thought today I would share a series of random facts I have in my head which aren't particularly useful, a kind of momentary constellation of me... 1) I once heard, maybe in a movie, Bob Neuwirth referred to as Bob Dylan's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
I taught a little class last night to a group of undergrads about freelance writing and book reviewing. Which makes me think about the AWP panel I'm leading for the NBCC at next year's conference called "The Practice and Purpose of Poetry Reviewing." What I always say to creative writing students when I talk about book reviewing is that they're entering a landscape vastly different from the one I entered, and I only entered a few years ago. Obviously, the Internet has rapidly and irrevocably changed the way books--and anything--are talked about. We now live in an age where some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
"Well, shall we/ think or listen? Is there a sound addressed/ not wholly to the ear?" --Williams Carlos Williams, "The Orchestra" The above is my favorite bit of poetry about music. Williams was thinking about classical music in "The Orchestra," but the same thinking applies to "America's classical music," jazz. The answer, of course, to Williams' question, is we should think and listen. I say this by way of explanation for why all my yammering about jazz this week on this blog. Obviously, I'm writing about it because I like it a lot and my directive as BAP guest blogger... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
Today has been a different kind of day, with a good deal less time in it, so I'm posting later, and I'll be brief. More on the issues tomorrow, but today I think I'll just yammer about an album and be done. Greg Osby is one of the leading contemporary jazz composers and soloists. As far as I can tell, each of his albums is well thought out and unique, a project in its own right rather than simply a collection of compositions and sols. In light of my recent Louis Armstrong tear, I've been finding myself drawn to one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
Today, if I may, and simply because I may, I'd like to point your attention to my favorite book, which is also my favorite kind of book, if by favorite I mean the book I most often pull off my shelf, though I haven't read it cover to cover and hope never to do so. (My favorite book of another kind is Saul Bellow's Mr. Sammler's Planet, which the book in question is not, nor does it try to be.) This book is, of course, The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings by Richard Cook and Brian Morton. If you don't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
Hello all. First let me say it's an honor to be here before you, doing my part to add to the text-horde, helping to create a diversion so someone else can commit the real crime. Or perhaps to fight the real crime. Anyway, I'm pleased to be here, blogging for the next week. I promised David Lehman I'd write about jazz, and I will, a bit later. But I thought I'd begin with some thoughts on a bit of po-biz news that intersects with another part of my professional life. I make a part of my living as a technology... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at The Best American Poetry