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Radio Poésie April 2, 2010: Bonjour mes amis, This blog post comes with instructions, if you need them.  Copy all of the text, go to Google Translator, and paste into the Translate Text Box.  The below boxes should read “Translate from French” and “Translate to English” respectively.  Then click “Translate.” Viola! Il est bon de revenir au salon de [...] by

Voicemail Poetry June 5, 2008: With a nod to by

Birth of a Sound: Poetry Birthdays May 30, 2008: Right now, somewhere on this planet, a poet is being born. Once, for a whole year, I organized my reading life according to whose birthday occasioned a visit to the bookshelf. Normally I would choose the poet’s most recent work and honor them with an oral reading, voicing their existence and vision. Other times I would reacquaint myself with a [...] by

Poem: House in the World March 25, 2008: House In the World I’m looking for a house In the world Where the white shadows Will not fall. There is no such house, Dark brothers, No such house At all. -- Langston Hughes by

Eminently Fair March 4, 2008: Australia's leading poet Les Murray is one of the globe's finest, and he knows it. So much so, a request to blurb a collection of poems by the poet J.K. Murphy becomes an opportunity for him to flaunt his clout. Apparently, Les Murray's wife is an aspiring author, a social historian to be precise. Like a good husband, Murray thought he'd lend [...] by

When the Green Lies Over the Earth February 27, 2008: It's the birthday of the poet Angelina Weld Grimké, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1880, a member of the distinguished biracial Grimké family, some members of which were important in the abolitionist movement and active in civil rights into the twentieth century. Her father Archibald Grimké, a Harvard Law School graduate, served as the [...] by

The 2008 Palm Beach Poetry Festival – A Photo Essay February 7, 2008: --------------------- Thanks to Marie-Elizabeth Mundheim and Molly Sutton Kiefer (http://www.mollysuttonkiefer.com/) for contributing their Indestructible Eyes! Kudos, too, to Miles Coon, Susan Williamson, and Laura McDermott who organized the week and made sure the festival was an exceptional [...] by

Wallace Stevens After “Lunch” February 4, 2008: It happened during the meeting of the National Book Award committee that gave the poetry prize to Marianne Moore. While waiting for Peter Viereck, the last of the judges, delayed by a snowstorm, to arrive, the other five (Winfield Townley Scott, Selden Rodman, Conrad Aiken, Wallace Stevens, and William Cole) passed the time looking at [...] by

Celebrity Poetry January 20, 2008: What is it about celebrity poets that rile “serious” writers of poetry? With each new collection of poems by an actor or music recording star, envy mounts as does the high levels of indifference by poets and critics, alike. Such books of poetry are roundly dismissed and ignored by the literati, yet inevitably become bestsellers owing to the [...] by

Add to Cart January 16, 2008: While Professor Stanley Fish argues the lack of relative worth of the Humanities over at the NYTIMES, I thought I would visit a few of my local, online rare books websites to gauge the fair market value of Poetry (Ruth Lilly, notwithstanding), that is, how much hard cash do works of poetry command in the dangerous, clandestine world of literary [...] by