- It is the poet's obligation, wrote Plato, to bear witness.
With the official inquiry into Iraq imminent and the war in Afghanistan returning dead teenagers; Carol Duffy
, recently elected UK Poet Laureate
invited a range of her fellow poets to bear witness, each in their own way, to these matters of war.
More about the poets inside: [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Jul 25, 2009 -
Sir Humphry Davy
Was not fond of gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
This is the first example of the form that came to be known as the clerihew
. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Jul 24, 2009 -
Oh cow, oh cow, what are you thinking? Should I leave the gate open?
Are you content? Would you be happy?
Do you yearn? Would you turn feral?
Do you want freedom? Oh cow
Greener pastures? Moo cow
A bull? Run free cow The Online Dairy Ode Contest
was a light-hearted, web-based, sister competition to the James McIntyre Poetry Contest
. It was held at irregular intervals from 2001 to 2005. The only criterion for entry was that the poems had to be Dairy Odes; ie about dairy products, cows, or dairying.
posted by carsonb
on Jun 16, 2009 -
"I want our type to jump, scream, whisper and dance..." Ebon Heath and His Visual Poetry
. "When I close my eyes I can see the words of great poets like Rakem or Tupac flying thru the air and dancing with the same physicality my body instinctually feels. My mobiles attempt to create a visual sense of rhythm and flow that is alive, not contained."
This interview with Heath
breaks down his Stereo.type
projects. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on May 30, 2009 -
[Ezra Pound] worked on and for poetry as others might work on a major scientific discovery or a drawn-out military mission. Thus, as Sieburth reminds us in his introduction to The Pisan Cantos, when, on May 3, 1945, Pound was arrested at his home in the hills above Rapallo, he immediately put a small Chinese dictionary and a copy of the Confucian classics in his pocket. Working as he then was on his Confucian translations, he knew that, wherever the military police were taking him, he would need these books.
From Pound Ascendant
by Marjorie Perloff. Ezra Pound's ability as a translator of Chinese poetry has long been disparaged by sinologists, such as George A. Kennedy in Fenollosa, Pound and the Chinese Character
. Other academics have sought to defend him. Two examples are Zhaoming Qian's Ezra Pound's encounter with Wang Wei: toward the "ideogrammic method" of the Cantos
and Stephen Tapscott's In Praise of Bad Translations: Ezra Pound and the Cultural Work of Translation (pdf)
. Eric Hayot draws the contours of this long-running debate and explores its significance in Critical Dreams: Orientalism, Modernism, and the Meaning of Pound's China
. Pound's Cathay
in full and a public domain audiobook version (iTunes link)
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 30, 2009 -
April 13th is Seamus Heaney's
70th birthday, and to celebrate, the Irish press have honored him in many ways. A Catholic from Northern Ireland, his early poems reflected his upbringing on a farm, but his later poems (and time in the States) spoke powerfully of 'the Troubles.' I thought he deserved a mention in the Blue. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd
on Apr 12, 2009 -
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
. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Apr 5, 2009 -
poetry program at Tech University in Georgia, presents readings (on YT)
by a number of fine contemporary poets. Some of my favourites: Thomas Lux
(pt. 1, 2,
Kirby (pt. 1,
Hoagland (pt. 1
of videos so far.
posted by troubles
on Apr 1, 2009 -
April Fools Day, 2009 also means happy 60th birthday
to one of my favorite musicians, Gil Scott-Heron
From his popular early works like the heavily referenced
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
", "Whitey On The Moon
", and "The Bottle
", to his continued productions and tours over the decades
, he's had a few hurdles
, but never stopped
. For more on his life and music, here's a great documentary from a few years back (MLYT): pt. 1
posted by p3t3
on Mar 31, 2009 -
In 1916, Hugo Ball
would fulfill his own dadaist manifesto
by reciting his own nonsense poetry at the Cabaret Voltaire
(not that Cabaret Voltaire
), while wearing a Cubist costume
or a cylinder with the number 13 covering his face
. Ball's poem, Gadji Beri Bimba
, inspired the Talking Heads song, I Zimbra
, but his most famous poem is Karawane
, a pioneering example of sound poetry
. Karawane has more conventional avant-garde versions
on YouTube, but none is more surreal than the recitation from memory
by Marie Osmond (yes, that Marie Osmond
) from a 1980s broadcast
of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
posted by jonp72
on Mar 9, 2009 -
"He was sentenced to death after the military coup in 1980, a few months later he was pardoned but put under house arrest. While under arrest, he began to write a collection of poems; the aim of which was to create portraits of all the people he had ever met in his life
, or Ten Thousand Lives
]. To date, 26 volumes from the ongoing collection have been published
. Meet Ko Un
. Ex-Buddhist Monk
and one of South Korea's greatest poets.
posted by vacapinta
on Feb 25, 2009 -
The Drunken Boat
publishes poetry from around the world, translations of poetry, reviews of poetry collections and anthologies, and interviews with well-known poets. The current issue features Cave Canem poets
, home for the many voices of African-American poetry and committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African-American poets.
posted by netbros
on Feb 22, 2009 -
Explore the History of the Ancient Greek World
from the Neolithic to the Classical Period. Covering important topics, such as Art and Architecture
, Culture and Society
, Poetry, Olympics
, History Periods
, Philosophy, Playwrights, Kings and Rulers
of Ancient Greece.
posted by netbros
on Feb 21, 2009 -
Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
is an Icelandic poet. He translates
Icelandic poetry into English (I particularly like his versions of Sigfús Daðason), and he has an interesting interview
on Icelandic poetry ("Curiously enough, back in the days the nationalists would sometimes write in danish. And writing in a foreign language was more or less seen as the only alternative to literature being a mere hobby until Halldór Laxness came along"). But really this is an elaborate excuse to post a link to Höpöhöpö Böks
: Köld öld Böks mjög örg, Ölböl örlög Böks! (Warning: My wife thought the linked video sounded like vomiting.) Via wood s lot
. This one goes out to my man Kattullus; hope you can stick around! [more inside]
posted by languagehat
on Feb 17, 2009 -