Poetry News and Notes

Poetry flows from King’s dream

Carmelo Delgado is a native Puerto Rican who lives in Hernando County and writes poetry about American icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has a new book out called The Man and His Dream . The words in the book are less about the man and more about the dream.
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How Poetry Is Losing It’s Elitist Image

Public jams and slams, websites and even a £10,000 prize read-off are just some of the ways poetry is becoming more accessible. Christina Patterson asks: whose lines are they anyway?
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A Slave Poet’s $253,000 Letter

Phillis Wheatley first set foot in this country as a child of the auction block.
Born in West Africa, she was kidnapped in 1761 and transported to Boston by way of a slave ship. After arriving she was sold to John Wheatley. Last month, under extremely different circumstances, she returned to the block again.
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Everyday poetry: It has relevance in our daily lives

It doesn’t matter if you can remember the tune; it’s the words that carry the power for him. And that’s the way it should be, according to former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who spearheaded a project to collect Americans’ favorite poems that drew responses from tens of thousands of people.
“The test of whether it’s poetry is: does it sound beautiful when you say the words over, in your mind or your voice, with no skilled performer, no music, just the sounds and meanings in the words themselves,” Mr. Pinsky told The Blade.
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Modern verse/ just gets worse/ … and worse

‘Add a feeble-minded political correctness to the mix and it is a wonder that any considerable poetry at all has been written over the last 50 years. It is as if we have all been encouraged to believe that form is a kind of fascism, and that to acquire knowledge is to drive a jackboot into the face of those poor souls who are too incurious, dull-witted or idle to find out what poetry can be.’
— Stephen Fry
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Heartbroken kin cling to lost poet’s words

With his body apparently lost in the Hudson River, the poems of an aspiring Brooklyn writer are the only thing his distraught family can find comfort in.
Dennis Kim, 22, apparently drowned after he jumped off the Christopher St. pier Wednesday night trying to retrieve a book bag filled with his writings.
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We need a poetry idol

At a time when novelists have acquired the status of rock stars, poets are still the poor relations of the literary world. Just how poor can be seen in the tepid reaction to national poetry week, the days from October 3 to October 9 officially allotted to the celebration of poetry. Yesterday was national poetry day and no one cares.
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Wheatley, the Tale of an African-American Slave and Poet

Wheatley, a Victory Gardens Theater world premiere by VGT Playwrights Ensemble member Lonnie Carter, begins Oct. 6 at the Tony Award-honored Chicago theatre, telling the story of Phillis Wheatley, an educated African American woman whose poems were published in American Revolution times.
The experience is billed as a “colorful, uplifting, lightning quick, music-filled evening of theatre dedicated to revolutionary American slave girl Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American published poet, whose poetic genius lifted her from New England parlor trick into the great salons of Europe and beyond.”
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There’s No Reason to Fear the Rhymes

Do you think that poetry belongs to the past, and is therefore lovely but irrelevant? Or if it’s modern, do you think of it as difficult (and possibly ugly) like most modern art, and again irrelevant?
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Science and poetry come together in Cascade forest

Pattiann Rogers has an eye for detail. You’d expect that from a poet, of course, but Rogers’ vision goes beyond the broad sweep of landscape down to insect wings and lichen. She’s the kind of person to notice beetles “moving like shards of rotting woodbark with legs.”
Rogers – who has published 10 books of poetry, won several awards and received several grants and fellowships for her work – will bring her attention to the Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River this week.
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Ever popular, poet Walt Whitman’s legacy lives on

NEW YORK (Reuters) – He thought blacks were no more capable than baboons and was a reputed womanizer who may have actually been gay, but 150 years after his masterpiece first hit the shelves, populist poet Walt Whitman is still the rage.
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From the rubble of Katrina, the voice of poetry

Poetry can be heard in brief notes emerging from the rubble of Katrina – the hand-painted signs on empty spaces where homes used to be, scrawled on the walls of those places which more or less still stand and in the spare letters from children.
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Poetry is all about the details

GARLAND, Neb.- Ask our Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate the best way to learn how to write poetry, and the answer won’t be very long. “Read,” said Ted Kooser, who will be doing just that at the Festival of Books next weekend in Deadwood.
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