Here’s a poem about silence, which wasn’t written about Ferguson, but suddenly seems to be about Ferguson. And not about Ferguson either. You choose.
Earlier this week, I was talking to one of my colleagues who just came back from being on sabbatical, and he said that the most annoying thing about being on sabbatical was being asked, “So where are you traveling?” Don’t I know the feeling! Since my sabbatical began this past summer, I have made one […]
Links to some really interesting poetry-related stuff circulating on the web this week: “The Writing Class” by Jaswinder Bolina, a long but provocative essay on the relationship between poetry and privilege, and a peek into the darkness that lies behind the curtain of the AWP (Association of Writers and Writers’ Programs, the MLA of creative […]
Is it the weekend yet? Here’s a drinking song to get you in the mood.
This from the Atlantic– I think twenty ideas on how to go about reading a poem is about a dozen too many, but there are some good suggestions here. I especially like #8, #12, and #14. And you can’t go wrong with #6. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/how-to-read-poetry-a-step-by-step-guide/380657/
Advice to trick-or-treaters, in the form of a double-dactyl.
A new poem … at last … after falling off the wagon for a coupla weeks.
You find yourself compelled to go through your closet. And dresser. Thoroughly.
When I get into this mode– of thinking I need my space to be organized before I can possibly start writing– I know writer’s block is either imminent or already in full swing. It may be that my efforts to “de-clutter” are a literal analogue to what I want to happen in my mind…
This weekend, Matt & I were in Philadelphia for Gum’s memorial service. “Gum,” Matt’s grandmother, passed away over the summer after a long, full life. We were both quite close to her, so it was nice to have a chance to be with the rest of Matt’s family to share remembrances and, well, just to […]
Another uplifting Baltimore poem. Also– some thoughts about sites of crime, sites of history, and the nature of sight itself.