Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 30 :: Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to Criticism”

Who is your favorite poet?  is a question that is about as concrete to me as What are you having for dinner?  Many of the poets I have featured during this month of reflection have been among my favorites for … Continue reading

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April 29 :: William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow”

David Wojahn has a great poem about WCW in a hospital watching Elvis on the television in which he writes the line: “The sonnet / like the tube / is a fascist form.”  The irony, of course, being that the … Continue reading

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April 28 :: Gary Copeland Lilley’s “Sanctuaries for the Deacon’s Sons”

I met Gary Lilley in Chicago, when we were both working at YCA.  He was a masterful teaching artist with enough life story to fill a submarine.  Speaking of submarines, Gary spent time in the Navy submerged in the frozen … Continue reading

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April 27 :: Tyehimba Jess’ “mistress stella speaks”

I first came across Tyehimba Jess’ book Leadbelly by way of Krista Franklin, whose collage adorns the cover.  Leadbelly, for those of you don’t know, was a guitar player and singer in the early part of the 20th century, a … Continue reading

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April 26 :: Adam Cline’s “Poem” & Nexus Magazine

Before it was wack, Nexus was a leader in cutting-edge literature both world wide and for the Wright State/Dayton community.  There was a run of editors (Mark Owens, Larry Sawyer, Adam Cline, André Hoilette, Mindy Cooper) who committed themselves to printing great … Continue reading

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April 25 :: Masaoka Shiki’s “spring breeze…”

Eating dinner on the back porch with Cindy, I was captivated by two cardinals bouncing around in the garden.  It triggered in me a memory of around 1997, sitting on the front porch at 1118 Grafton (home of the famous … Continue reading

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April 24 :: Allen Ginsberg’s “America”

So many nights spent listening to this poem.  This was the poem that charged my battery.  His quiet reading, the way the words roll through his mouth with an immeasurable importance, each syllable a morsel, each vowel sound an open … Continue reading

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