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Singular Voices April 22, 2014: art is (Speaking Portraits), Vol. II When for art is/poetry is/music is I first began asking poets, artists and musicians to say on camera what it— poetry, et al.—is, some people said, “How boring that will be; they’ll say the same five things in a hundred different ways.” But that’s not how it went, as I was pretty sure it [...] by

Blake, Contemporaneously April 17, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84877" align="alignnone" width="500"] "America a Prophecy" title page (1793)[/caption] For the eye altering alters all William Blake, “The Mental Traveler” Who reads Blake? The easy answer is almost everyone who reads poetry—that is, has read some Blake—and can quote something. “A rose is a rose is a [...] by

Self-evidence with Difficulty April 9, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84258" align="alignright" width="500"] Site of the Café Le Métro poetry reading coffeehouse from 1963-1965, located at 149 2nd Ave., New York City[/caption] For many years I’ve been interested in difficulty; I suppose in the present context it could be called the poetics of difficulty. I remember at age 14 carrying [...] by

Mac Low, Cage, Root Poetics April 3, 2014: [caption id="attachment_83964" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo by Anne Tardos[/caption] The basic question behind what I think of as root poetics sounds simple: what is language doing—for the poet, for humans at large, for the world—in fact, for itself? What is it doing there on the page/in our eyes or in the air/in our ears? The way [...] by

A Case of the Wrong Blake June 6, 2013: The Library Spider sent us this hot tip: apparently a number of schools are teaching a poem written by American author, Nancy Willard, but telling students that the poem was written by William Blake! How did this happen? Teachers searching the Internet for examples of poetry to use in their instruction are finding a poem entitled [...] by

This Lower World April 19, 2013: [caption id="attachment_65443" align="alignright" width="500"] Book XII of William Blake’s 1808 Paradise Lost.[/caption] This week I’ve been thinking about the moment in Book XI of Paradise Lost when Milton’s Eve laments to Adam, when the angel Michael has arrived to dispossess them of Paradise: How shall I part and wither wander [...] by

Patti Smith Sings William Blake January 24, 2013: We are thrilled about the recently discovered lost etchings of William Blake. Now, Jacket2 has reminded us that Patti Smith performed  "In My Blakean Year" on December 9, 2010, as part of the Blutt Singer-Songwriter Symposium at the Kelly Writer's House. According to their website, the annual symposium brings "eminent and lauded [...] by

The Lost Etchings of William Blake January 23, 2013: This is great news for all the William Blake fans out there, all the millions of you! Researchers at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library have stumbled upon a treasure trove of works by poet and artist William Blake. After two years work the students, overseen by Blake expert and Manchester university art historian [...] by

Artist Annette Messager and William Blake October 8, 2012: In an excerpt of her book, "In my View," on Huffington Post, French artist Annette Messager reflects on how William Blake influences her work: Blake is, for me, both a child and an old man. "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" — the child who marvels at everything and the man tortured throughout his life by mystical insights, death, [...] by

Rare Video: Ginsberg on Music, William Blake, and a Harmonium August 3, 2012: The Allen Ginsberg Project dug up another gem today. This 1978 video opens with Ginsberg singing William Blake's "The Tyger," but sadly, there's some trouble with the audio. He uses song to discuss how to read and hear Blake's poetry. Here's an excerpt from the transcript: So it’s only if you get back to the pronunciation of the [...] by