Monthly Archives: November 2010

Poetry and Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving still relevant, here is an article from the Huffington Post with their favorite poems about Thanksgiving, from the Poetry Foundation. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/23/thanksgiving-poems_n_787444.html I particularly enjoyed the poem “Thanksgiving Magic” by Rowena Bastin Bennett. Here’s an excerpt from the poem: … Continue reading

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Documentary about poetry

Here is a blog post about an independent documentary about poetry in an urban high school setting. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/using-poetry-as-a-way-to-survive/?scp=2&sq=poetry&st=cse

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Do You Understand

Since today was somewhat dreary, I decided to analyze a Matthea Harvey poem which I feel mirrors the pessimism many feel on such days.  This poem is entitled, “Do You Understand,” and despite its brevity, it is able to convey … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Although though it is a little preemptive, I found a collection of Thanksgiving themed poems on the Poetry Foundation website.  Despite the fact that it is not the most “Thanksgiving-themed” poem in the collection, I found C.K. Williams’ “Zebra” to … Continue reading

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Economics in Poetry

Bob Hicok is from Michigan and worked in auto factories. In some of his poetry he addresses the economic situation in Michigan and the Auto-Industry. Here is a news clip where he reads poetry relating to economic effects on his … Continue reading

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Ginsberg Interview

My research paper topic is how Allen Ginsberg was one of the most influential protest poets in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I watched this interview between Jeremy Issacs and Allen Ginsberg. It is a little long but I thought it … Continue reading

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New poems

Hey guys, so this is one of my newest poems for my poetry/creative writing class, it doesn’t really have a title, but it is an imitation poem of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “My Life has stood a Loaded Gun”. Please feel … Continue reading

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Jorie Graham

Hey guys, so I thought that I would talk a little about Jorie Graham’s poetry. I do agree with Proffesor Aldrich, Graham’s poetry is a little impersonal and “standoffish”, however sometimes she does add in a few relatable aspects to her … Continue reading

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Tao Lin in the Future

Here is an article from The Boston Phoenix about how difficult it will be for critics a hundred years in the future to look back on past works of literature.  Pretty interesting arguments and a good read especially for anyone … Continue reading

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City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

After watching the video in class today in which the poet talks about how friendly people were in Pittsburgh, I found this video about a program called City of Asylum which provides money and homes for poets who are fleeing … Continue reading

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Sharks Teeth

Here is a video poem from poetry foundation. It is short, but I found it rather interesting. See what you think. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/videoitem.html?id=143

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Def Poetry Jam: Jill Scott

Def Poetry is a TV series on HBO created by Russell Simmons hosted by Mos Def. Usually, famous spoken word poets and/or musicians come on the show. Here is a really good performance by Jill Scott on the show.

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Dean Young Interview #2

Here is an interesting interview from my poet Dean Young. He mentions that he tries to write every day, despite teaching creative writing at University of Texas at Austin. I found this surprisingly different than what Adrienne Su said when … Continue reading

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Unemployed Cryptozoologist

I wish it had occured to me before that we could post our own poetry. I don’t write as profusely as Sam, but when I do I really enjoy writing poetry. Anyway, I apologize for the little bit of language … Continue reading

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Jorie Graham

Hey guys, I was looking through Graham’s poems and I came across one that greatly interested me. This poem seems to be so intricate and extravagant, however she also adds in everyday, ordinary feelings that we can relate to, such … Continue reading

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