Tadeusz Różewicz (1921-2014)
was a renowned Polish ‘poet, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, satirist and translator.’ Reckoned by Seamus Heaney as ‘one of the great European poets of the 20th century,’ he died in April at the age of 92: Guardian obituary
; NYT obituary
. [more inside]
Various news sources report
that Charles Wright will today be named the next Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
of the United States Library of Congress.
An extensive biography
and 50 poems
are available from the Poetry Foundation. [more inside]
One hundred years ago today, W.B. Yeats published one of his best known poems, September 1913
, as a letter to the Irish Times. [more inside]
S Thomas Summers
teaches writing and literature, and writes poetry about the American Civil War. Some
of my favorites
Hat tip: The Atlantic
Should you find yourself wandering around the city of Leiden, the Netherlands sometime, you may notice some curious markings
on the city's walls.
("Wall Poems") adorn many of the town's streets (clickable map)
, and many English-language poets are represented: one John Keats
, for instance, inside a bookshop; Dylan Thomas
, E. E. Cummings
, W.B. Yeats
, some guy called William Shakespeare
, or this ode to Charlie Parker
by American William Waring Cuney
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"Why don't you write me a poem that will prepare
me for your death?" Hayden Carruth's wife, thirty years his junior, asked him. He did so, and it became one of his most popular poems. Carruth, who celebrated his 87th birthday
last month died last night
at his home in Munnsville New York. Carruth was the winner of the the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his poetry collection Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
. He edited Poetry magazine from 1949-1950 and was a poetry editor at Harpers
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All should see him before the Cholera arrives ! Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou seemest most charming to my sight;
As I gaze upon thee in the sky so high,
A tear of joy does moisten mine eye. William Topaz McGonagall
, the worlds greatest poet (again).
("beautiful thinking") is the shortest word in the English language that contains all five vowels.
It is also the title of a poetry collection
by Canadian author Christian Bok. In addition to writing each chapter using only words that contain one vowel, (Flash presentation of Chapter "E"
) Bok also greatly limits himself in other ways
An amazing accomplishment that won the $40 000 Griffith Poetry Prize in 2002, Eu
is best experienced in its spoken form. (MP3 links
(If you don't know Bok's poetry, you still might know his other work. He has also created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley's Amazon.)
Philip Larkin: Great Poet, Shame About The Man?
When is an excess of biography, i.e. high-minded, clumsily-disguised gossip, an impediment to literary appreciation? Nowadays, it seems always
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'Robert Burns: poet and balladeer, Scotland's favourite son and champion of the common people. Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.'More
on the Robert Burns Tribute site.