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Headlines: April 6, 2009

By Travis Nichols

It’s National Poetry Month at the Huffington Post

And perhaps it’s time for poetry’s “dramatic image overhaul”

The poetry Final Four (T.B. take note)

“You do not need an iPod.  Memorize poetry instead.”

Charles Olson, “equal parts bear and shaman,” on PBS

Springtime in the south Devon turf with Alice Oswald

Another look at Walt Whitman’s civil war

Oulipians for eternity at the New School

A poem a day in the Seattle Times

National Poetry Month: Not even the children are safe!

Identity politics, war poetry, Brian Turner, and Araki Yasusada

Deal or no deal with Nikki Giovanni

Authors, claim your identity–for only a small fee!

The Project Papers get a new life

Comments (7)

  • On April 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm NEG wrote:


    you & Silliman should have a link war.

  • On April 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm Travis Nichols wrote:

    What is “Silliman”?

  • On April 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm james wrote:

    strawman’s brother

  • On April 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm james wrote:

    btw–i saw it on silliman’s blog: parschikov’s gone, at 54. he went ‘in his dreams.’

    r.i.p., alyosha

  • On April 7, 2009 at 4:46 am michael j wrote:

    RE: Another look at Walt Whitman’s civil war

    They didn’t mention Whitman’s comment towards Mexicans during the Mexican-American War, which was, in partial:

    “Mexico must be thoroughly chastised! … Let our arms now be carried with a spirit which shall teach the world that, while we are not forward for a quarrel, America knows how to crush, as well as how to expand!” – writing in the Brooklyn Eagle

    While you cannot boil someone down to a single quote, you cannot ignore what someone says neither, ‘simply because’.

    I find it interesting that when he heard his brother was wounded, this was when he decided to dive into his volunteerism during the Civil War. I have yet to find any information on his writings during the Civil War (articles, not poetry). But considering the absence of minorities and women from his poetry, I can project what they could possibly lean towards…

    But perhaps his article writing was writing towards popular opinion of the moment.


    Either or.

  • On April 8, 2009 at 8:56 am thomas brady wrote:


    I see the FSG ‘second bracket’ where Orr defeats Chiasson, but I can’t find the ‘first bracket’ of FSG’s ‘Final Four’
    on their site.

    Thanks for the ‘headlines’ link-fest.

    My brackets were 64 20th century American poems–and had their been more interest, we all could have voted on who was to advance–but, as it was, the victories occured in pure speculations by one person.

    I slapped my brackets up on another (non-poetry) site, and someone immediately highlighted in black their favorites, and highlighted in red their ‘final’ four. So, in terms of poetry playfulness, That Other Site 1, Harriet 0.

    By the way, the winner of the Championship Game between ‘Daddy’ by Plath and ‘What Lips My Lips Have Kissed’ by Millay was

    Edna St. Vincent Millay.

    Congratulations, my dear.


  • On April 8, 2009 at 9:23 am thomas brady wrote:


    I don’t know why we need Walt Whitman to be Jesus Christ.

    I love Whitman’s poetry, the urgent fervor of its pantheism, but his prose is trash, and his ‘groundbreaking’ poetry style is nothing more, really, than Emerson’s oily prose broken into lines. A nice job, all in all, but for the love of pete…this 20th century Hoover Dam project of turning a minor writer into a major one has been one of the most bewildering episodes in literary history.


Posted in Poetry News on Monday, April 6th, 2009 by Travis Nichols.