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I was lucky enough to recently stumble upon Kevin Young's Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series (Young is the curator), and specifically CK Williams’ 2008 reading for this series. If you don't know about this series, available on iTunesU, you should. During the past five or so years, Young has brought to the library some of America's most accomplished poets—Lucille Clifton, Paul Muldoon, Rita Dove, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, and the list goes on—to Emory University to perform, and the best thing is that they are archived and available online via laptop or smart phone. A few days ago, during... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Some of us will wake on the first day of May with a giant sense of relief. Why? Because we know we can attend to the laundry, bills, dishes in the sink, and our paying jobs without also trying to squeeze in fifteen or twenty minutes a day for drafting a new poem. But wait right there! Who said anything about calling a halt to a regular writing practice simply because the calendar reads MAY? Confession: Last year I had a busy April, so I did my poem-a-day in May. What a fabulous idea it turned out to be. A... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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I found out about Luisia Igloria's plethora of writing exercise prompts on my Facebook newsfeed. Like many of you, I signed on to write a poem a day in April for National Poetry Month, so I was delighted when I saw that she was posting prompts as daily status updates. After I wrote a couple of successful drafts based on her exercises, I contacted her and asked if she would be willing to share about her "take" on the usefulness of writing prompts, along with a sample. Lucky for us, she obliged! Here's what she had to say: Photo Credit:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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I was lucky enough to spend some time chatting with David J. Daniels, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Poetry Prize, about his new book Clean (D.A. Powell, Judge). My questions primarily deal with the ways that writing in fixed forms--in David's case, rhymed and metered quatrains--can often assist poets in tackling painful subjects they might not otherwise venture to write about. We also discussed his infuences, religious upbringing, and Whitmanesque compassion. Here's how the conversation went: MS: Clean was a book I picked up late one night, and it kept me awake till I finished. I was tired,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Molly Tenenbaum (poet) & Ellen Ziegler (artist) have been working on a very cool project over the last several months. Here's an interview with Molly Tenenbaum that shares all about it. MS: What are you making? MT: Glad you asked! We’re making an artist’s book* that puts archival material together with Molly’s poems about her grandparents, who were ventriloquists on the vaudeville circuit. The “book” will be a 3-D object* that contains maps of their travels across the U.S. and images of their datebooks and pages where the poems and visuals interact. MS: Why an artist book for this collection... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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