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Congratulations on making it through...and on your baby! I couldn't agree with you more...experience, experience. TL
He was the funniest man I've ever known and so concerned with being taken seriously, which is maybe why the reaction to Dr. Fun. I remember him talking about just starting out as a teacher and that he was too funny. It got in the way of the teaching...You have done so much, David, in this respect. His poetry is taken pretty seriously.The Pleasures of Poetry! You're Amazing!
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I was writing this really serious comparison/contrast between Rilke’s Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge and Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner, which is a very good book, especially the first fourth or so and there are sentences throughout that are stunners ( I was disappointed the narrator didn’t change at all but I think that was a problem of not depicting other characters besides the narrator very roundly or deeply. Oh I really got into it, and I didn’t even say what I just said.) But then I went to band practice and the thought of continuing this essay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Movies that break heat waves: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid..."Well we are involved, Etta..." Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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From The Art of the Possible, by Kenneth Koch Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Yesterday I taught The Rite of Spring and Jonah Lehrer’s excellent essay on Stravinsky from his first book Proust Was a Neuroscientist. It’s about how difficult it is for the brain to accept new sounds even when those new sounds are the only sounds that make us feel. Every time I teach it I can’t help thinking of the great poetry that goes neglected by publishers year after year perhaps for the same reason. We are pattern-loving, meaning-making creatures. That stuff makes us happy. Not least because we depend on it for survival. When we can’t recognize a familiar pattern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Hi Nin--I love your comics. So funny and sad. I don't know if I am your neighbor. I live in Somerville, MA, now--a suburb of New York, four hours north of the city...Thanks for reading my book!
Thanks. A couple years back, an Italian cousin came to visit Boston. At my suggestion she had taken one of the Chinatown buses from NYC (I took a Bolt Bus Monday...there are outlets, which means movies, which meant La Strada on the way down to NYC on Friday.)When I intercepted her at the bottom of the bus steps, she was like, "Squalido!" The Bolt Bus is usually not that squalido. But yes I prefer the Quiet Car on the Acela...Ludlowville sounds nice. I imagine a post office...
Nearly everything reminds me of fracking these days. On the bus home from New York this morning, there was the usual offender, a woman having a long, loud conversation on her cell phone. I put in my ear plugs. Then someone in the back, probably in the bathroom, decided to smoke a cigarette, holding us all hostage to his or her desperate addiction for a couple of hours as the smoke settled into the upholstery and our lungs. I didn’t have nose plugs. Besides, nose plugs wouldn’t have worked for my lungs. Why didn’t I walk the length of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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"I don't want to talk about love, I just want to make it." (D'amore non voglio parlare, lo voglio solamente fare.) I hear this Patrizia Cavalli line, made famous in Kenneth Koch's poem "Talking to Patrizia" and think, I don't want to talk about poems, I just want to make them. And yet here I am talking about poems. And I will talk about them endlessly (the way Patrizia wound up talking about love in Koch's poem)...or at least until the end of the week. This reminds me of a Kenneth Koch comic I have up in my bathroom. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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