Posts Tagged "Poetry magazine"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 94

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Archive | 4 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 94

I write a monthly poetry column for our local newspaper. I write for people who might not otherwise have any contact with poetry, as well as for those who want to be exposed to more. This month I didn’t offer a poem, just this letter, which I thought maybe you’d like to read: Letter from a Poet for National Poetry Month April is National Poetry Month. No one reads poetry. People say this. But Poets & Writers website lists 1009 magazines and journals that publish mostly or all poetry. Small presses publish hundreds, probably thousands, of new poetry books every year. The...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 18

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Archive | 16 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 18

Yesterday morning we were in a snow-globe of lake-effect fluff, drifting all over. It was beautiful. To me these days, most things are, well, a revelation, meaning that being alive is—shall I say just great? That sounds so Panglossian. I mean it’s all okay, snow or sun, no joke.  It’s April 3. Melting snow is soaking some moisture down where it needs to be, after our dry, dry summer last year. The tart cherries should be good this year. And our two good friends, Myrna and Joan, from Traverse City got married in D.C. yesterday after 20 years living as a committed gay couple with no...

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Quotes I’ve Saved #4: Clive James on Poetry

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Archive | 0 comments

Quotes I’ve Saved #4: Clive James on Poetry

There is a “clear division between poets who are hoping to achieve something by keeping technical considerations out of it, and other poets who want to keep technique out of it because they don’t have any.”  (from his essay in Poetry magazine). The second half of his “division” recalls to my mind, of course, the legions of students I’ve taught who start by knowing nothing of craft, nothing about the stream they’re swimming in, students who disdain studying meter and form because it doesn’t “fit” their ethos. How many of us have assigned exercises in meter to develop some...

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