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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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The Lost Marching Band

Matthea Harvey’s collection of poetry Modern Life never ceases to surprise me with the diversity of verse (or prose, as she is quite fond of prose poetry) within its pages.  I recently found a very odd, but nevertheless entertaining poem … Continue reading

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Here, Bullet

I recently found this article, and remembered touching upon the subject briefly in class.  It is about a reading that Iraq War veteran and published poet, Brian Turner, gave at Macon State University in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Turner read … Continue reading

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Jaimie, Aaron, Emma Sonnet Project

Jaimie, Aaron, and Emma Sonnet Project

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I Would Have Stayed

I was perusing through my copy of “Modern Life,” Matthea Harvey’s latest collection of poetry, when I found a poem which was simultaneously incredibly weird, and touching.  The poem, entitled, “I Would Have Stayed,” begins describing the somewhat disturbing actions … Continue reading

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“Howl” Still Remains Relevant

“Howl” Still Remains Relevant While attempting to find more information on the “Howl” film we discussed briefly in class shortly before fall pause, I stumbled upon an interesting article on the Washington Blade website.  The article discussed how Ginsberg’s poem … Continue reading

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Matthea Harvey Recitations

I found a video of Matthea Harvey reciting some of her poetry, and as in previous weeks I have simply discussed some of her works which I found interesting, I thought this would be a nice change of pace.  Enjoy! … Continue reading

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LeBron James Poetry Contest

As we all know, the Miami Herald, in conjunction with various other Miami-based media outlets, sponsored a poetry contest to commemorate the arrival of “King James” in Miami.  In the interest of bringing closure to this subject, I searched to … Continue reading

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Out of Order

Matthea Harvey’s latest collection of poetry, Modern Life, covers a breadth of topics with its diverse verse.  While reading through the collection, the poem, “Out of Order” caught my eye.  The poem itself is quite short; however, its impact upon … Continue reading

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Poetry and Music

At Semana Poética IX, Dickinson Professor Lynn Helding performed several poems set to a musical accompaniment, provided by Eun Ae Baik-Kim.  The pieces were beautifully arranged, but I feel that one in particular was worth posting.  Although it is not … Continue reading

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New Friends

As I mentioned last week, I recently purchased Matthea Harvey’s latest collection of poems, Modern Life.  I continue to be impressed with the variety of her work, as last week I discussed a poem which depicted a dystopian future in … Continue reading

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The State of Poetry

Today, I discovered the first in a series of blogs that address a very interesting subject: the “State of Poetry.”  The blog (although attached to the end of this post) can be found on the website of The Atlantic Monthly … Continue reading

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“Voices of the Guard”

Recently, I was searching for any recent news stories in which poetry has played an integral role.  While I my search did not yield the result I had expected, instead I discovered an article in the local Oregon publication, the … Continue reading

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How We Learned to Hold Hands

Recently, I purchased Matthea Harvey’s latest book of poetry, “Modern Life,” as I noticed websites such as the Poetry Foundation did not offer an adequate collection of her works.  One of the poems in this collection which caught my eye … Continue reading

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