Monthly Archives: September 2017

Raw

In a workshop once, Marie Howe suggested: write a poem from the point of view of someone who throws trash out the car window. Nobody could. But here Frank Bidart manages a harder task–write a poem in the voice of … Continue reading

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Hats

We made it over to the exhibit of impressionist paintings of all thing millinery today. It was billed as an exhibit of Degas’ paintings about that include hats, but had many impressionists and also glass cases with sample hats from … Continue reading

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A poem not just for tax season

Lat time I was at Squaw Valley Community of Writers I discovered that there was another poet not just from my very small town, but who lives on my short block, seven or eight houses down from me. How lucky! … Continue reading

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On the wall this month

We are rich in broadsides, those page-size, elegant, usually letterpress versions of a single poem designed to be framed on the wall. We keep one up in the guest bathroom and change it out regularly. This one by Charles Simic, … Continue reading

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Linguistics

Larry quoted this to me today: “In the word ‘scene,’ is it the c or the s that’s silent?”  

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Ilya Kaminsky

A fellow poet recommended his work to me, and I have been reading his book, Dancing in Odessa. Here’s a poem from that book that I really like: Envoi xxxxxxxxxxxxxxYou will die on a boat from Yalta to Odessa. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx–a … Continue reading

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