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Our Latest Assignment

Our poetry and fiction class assignment this week is to tell “a story without any of the usual narrative devices of linear plot or character development.” In other words, as I understand it, to use sentence fragments, from which the reader will … Continue reading

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Poets&Writers

Poets&Writers is to the literary writing community what Writers Market is to the commercial writing community. The two sites overlap in their mission here and there but the comparison mostly holds. Our mission? To foster the professional development of poets … Continue reading

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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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