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Spiralling Spells: On Making a Selected Poems April 30, 2012: Poetry has always been about time for me, and perhaps because of that—perhaps because I wanted to understand time from a place outside it—it's felt timeless.  I started writing poems when I was seven or eight, and even then I knew that I was writing with a part of myself that had nothing to do with my age.  Was that when I had the [...] by

on finding one’s alter ego and on running out of time April 30, 2012: So this morning I promised that my last post here would say something about Marisa Crawford's rather amazing book The Haunted House, which I picked up a few months ago (it came out in 2008) and which I've fallen for hard: fallen for, moreover, in a way that makes it difficult for me to tell the difference between responding to the poems as poems, [...] by

On Not Winning April 30, 2012: The art of losing isn't hard to master. Is it? Is it easy to face the losses? The defeats? The nominations?  Or worse, lack of nomination and defeat? Let's face it, we live in the era of the big prize. It's how we tend to argue for the value of what we love. We prize it. And that, my friends, makes the creative life difficult. Last week, for [...] by

Vachel Lindsay: With the Submerged April 30, 2012: At a library book sale recently, I came across a copy of the 1925 Macmillan edition of the Collected Poems of Vachel Lindsay, with illustrations by the author, for a measly $3. Score! It’d been a few years since I’d read Lindsay, and, as I was absorbed into the riot of weird symbolist drawings within the book’s pages, I was reminded of how [...] by

Why I love being a poet April 30, 2012: Since this will be my last post for Harriet, I want to first thank all the good folks at the Poetry Foundation for sharing their space with me for National Poetry Month. Thanks to all the readers here for attention, I hope you will stay in touch with me through my blog or Facebook. Being able to share my thoughts, passions, emotions, and [...] by

Conceptual Writing: A Worldview April 30, 2012: Conceptual writing and concrete poetry have a lot in common: both are / were international movements and both are / were based on the premise of not reading. By employing the use of icon-based imagery (poem as image), concrete poetry sought an international readership based on seeing rather than on reading. Similarly, once you "get" the idea of [...] by

GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS: A Poetry Month Closing In The Form Of An Email Exchange With My Father. April 30, 2012: In honor of all things brave and vulnerable—all things poetic—I am sharing this exchange with you now.  Thanks for the amazing month. On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Amber Rose T <***************> wrote: Dear papa, I didn't get the part. More and more I fail at being someone else, someone else is all I've ever known how to [...] by

Poetry, Politics, and Letters to the Empire April 30, 2012: It's always exciting to me when poets actively engage in politics. I respect poets who are finding new and creative ways to address politics in their poetry (symbolic engagement); and I honor poets who sacrifice their writing time to work within their respective communities or within political institutions (activist engagement), even if their [...] by

So I asked my youngest son, What makes a poem a poem? April 30, 2012: And here is what he said: I love his answer, even though I don't agree with all of it. I love his confidence that all poems tell stories, that poems have "tricky words," that poems are "fast and interesting." My favorite part is when he says, "You can't really know that question" even though I know I'll continue to try to "know these [...] by

Cramming London with geniuses April 30, 2012: "I was all set to cram London with geniuses, when John Lehmann etc decided I ought to be restrained – evidently. So the festival could only be five foreigners, five Americans, five English. It was those five English I was trying to avoid." When Ted Hughes established London’s Poetry International in 1967, he was up against the mighty [...] by