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Just saw this article about the passing of Kamala Das, an Indian poet.  Her poetry contains unapologetic discussions of women’s sexual lives.  Read Herons as posted in the NY Times article.

Read more about Kamala Das here.

Kamala Das

Kamala Das

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We Spot Fisher Poets

Check out this article on the NY Times web site about fishermen turned poets. Apparently, there’s been an annual gathering of fisher poets since 1998.

Gathering of Fisher Poets

Gathering of Fisher Poets

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We Spot Diplomacy by Poetry

How fun that poetry has made it to the national fake-news headlines! 😉

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more about “Diplomacy by Poetry“, posted with vodpod

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In case you didn’t catch these election day poems in the Wednesday, November 5 NY Times, I’ve posted links to them here. At each page, you can hear the poet read his or her work.

When the Fog
by August Kleinzahler 

When the Fog

When the Fog

Election Day

by J.D. McClatchy 

In the Present and Probable Future

by Mary Jo Bang

In the Present and Probable Future

In the Present and Probable Future

 

The Polling Place

by Joshua Mehigan

The Polling Place

The Polling Place

Infomercial 2

by John Ashbery

Informercial 2

Informercial 2

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I just noticed on the NYTimes Web site that the 2008 Pulitzer winners have been announced. This year both Robert Hass and Philip Schultz have won for their poetic contributions. Robert Hass’s prize-winning collection is entitled Time and Materials; Philip Schultz’s collection is entitled Failure.

The NYTimes reviewed Time and Materials last year.

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We received a comment from Isabel who knew the second poem that Liz Smith read at the Poetry and the Creative Mind gala. It is Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes. She introduced it by saying that Michelle and Barack Obama could make it their mantra in this election year.

Thank you Isabel for your note and the information. Check out Isabel’s blog which she’s called A Room of One’s Own and marries her beautiful photos with lots of poetry. Just lovely!

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National Poetry Month

I’m not April fooling. April is National Poetry month! To kick it off, Jan, Diana and I attended the Poetry and the Creative Mind gala at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.  I took notes, so I’ll post a list of the poems that were read. The readers were all great, but Diana Reeves was superb!

You can read more about National Poetry Month at the Academy of American Poets web site.

Also note that April 17 is the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day. Read all about that here.

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