Tag Archives: Poetry

Howl, Ginsberg, and Kerouac

“Howl” is a long, difficult poem with as many references as “The Wasteland.” It journeys  throughout America and beyond, a poetical version of road books which followed, those written by Kerouac and others. I am only now starting to read “Howl.” Ginsberg … Continue reading

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Reading all day, writing all day, and all I can think of is poetry. I’m missing my favorite copy of The Book of Hours. I can’t remember the translator so I can’t order the book. To console myself, I spent … Continue reading

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The Song of Roland

I love translations that make me feel I am reading what a native speaker is reading. Kenneth Rexroth did for me with 100 Poems from the Chinese, 100 Poems from the Japanese, and other collections. Schoken did a tremendous job publishing Kafka. Their books … Continue reading

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A Poetry Indulgence about A Good Cat Gone

Back in the mid-1990s I adopted, sight unseen, a large black cat named Montel. At the time, that was the name, too, for a popular African-American television talk show host. Who would name a cat Montel? Some things are inexplicable. … Continue reading

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