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I asked Julie Carr, who is thoroughly launched as a poet, how she would feel about being a poet if her work had never been published. Because that does happen to some of us. Julie wrote this: * * * How would my writing have been different if I’d never been published? This is a very difficult question to consider, since of course I have been published. I can’t honestly imagine an alternate history for myself, so instead I will say what being published has meant to me. First, it has meant that some older poets whose work I admired... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
One way to survive as a poet is to print your own work. Cal Kinnear once had a Hoe Washington press, an old newspaper flatbed. He set the type and chose the paper for the poem, sometimes issuing a poem at a time and sometimes a collection. Les Gottesman founded his own imprint, Omerta Press, and published 14 chapbooks (2006-12) before Finishing Line Press took his first official book, Misuses of Poetry and other poems (2013), which ends: Deal The cosmos promises to load my book on the real hard drive. Let's hope so. I think it's what we all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
For the rest of the week I'll be writing mostly about survival: what it means to keep writing even if it looks as if your work will never get published and the difference it makes if it is or isn't professionally published, self-published, read to a group, or left in a drawer. It seems appropriate to start by looking at a forthcoming anthology of poetry (and some prose) by widows—survivors—many of whom have had no training as poets and are being published for the first time. The book is called The Widows’ Handbook, and it will be published in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
When I wrote "Old Frankenstein," the newest poem in Love If We Can Stand It, I got the first line out of nowhere. I was watching TV in the living room and thinking about nothing. The line was "The old man never calls" and the title came right after it. I laughed. I got paper and a pen and started writing. By the time I got to the smoking jacket I knew what I was doing. The whole thing took about two hours. The poem reads: The old man never calls. He quit making us settled down with his bride... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
for John Ashbery Two stories from the mid-1960s. When I was an English major at Columbia, I took a creative writing course from Kenneth Koch, who changed my life. Actually it was a class in modern literature with some creative assignments. I have never met anyone who knew so much about modern literature. He assigned books we had never heard of, like Svevo's Confessions of Zeno, Pasternak's Safe Conduct, and Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro (which became my favorite novel and which I've taught for years; a student told me recently that Woody Allen likes it too, which makes perfect... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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