Monday, November 19, 2007

A few poems from yesterday

  • Robert Phillips - Insturment of Choice
  • Elizabeth Bishop - Letter to N.Y.
  • Robert Bly - For My Son Noah, Ten Years Old
  • Vassar Miller - Morning Person
  • Arthur Guiterman - Routine
  • Charles Bukowski - Petry Readings

I woould say that none of these were remarkable. Elisabeth Bishop's Letter to N.Y. perhaps struck my fancy more than any of the others. Still, they were all worth reading.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Relying on Short Term Memory Here

I'm way behind here and I won't even pretend to catch up... Just to say here are a few of my more recent reads that I can recall:
  • W.S. Merwin - Now Renting, To The Insects
  • Kevin Prufer - The Astronomer's Dream
  • Faye Adams - Cameo Appearance
  • Gary Beck - Confusion

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm behind.... this to update

Not read as much poetry per say as I would like to recently, but I have had my nose in some poetry related books.

I did read some more Jane Kenyon this weekend and last week a read a poem sent to me by a local K.C. area poet and friend Missi Rasmussen. Missi's poem was absolutely amazing and I have to say, one of her very best.

I've read a couple W.S. Merwin. Hopefully I can finish out the week with a variety of other poets including some new ones.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Jane Kenyon Night

Last night I took a break to read some poetry... read only poetry written by Jane Kenyon.

The following Poems:

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Yesterday I read by the following:
  • Louise Gluck
  • Donald Hall
  • Jumah Al Dossari

Hall's poem - The Wish is comprised of three, 8 line stanzas. Lines 5 through 8 in similar, shorter length then the previous. The poem constitutes a dialogue between Hall and his wife Jane. A tug and pull of will between life and death that has great humility in it.

Gluck's poem - The Drowned Children is dark and unsettling and yet the easy flowing imagery keeps you reading it even though you feel like you should be ill at easy with the words them self. The poem is stirring - I believe she has achieved a difficult task with this work.

Al Dossari's poem - Death Poem is one from the book Poems from Guantanamo. There is no evidence that the writer had any formal poetry or literary experience prior to detention. Additionally, what is in print is a translation. The voice in the poem is that of a sufferer at the hands of another, in this case the United States. There is not a strong tone of bitterness that one might expect, but rather a hopelessness that sees its end in death. A death it hopes will provide a glimpse of his torment both to his captors and the world.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Yesterdays Poets

Ok, I've really been delinquent where it comes to posting my readings. So sue me! LOL

Yesterday, I did read poetry and these were the poets:
  • Shaker Abdurraheem Aamer
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Abdulaziz
  • Elizabeth Macklin
  • Cate Marvin

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Reading on the road...

This week I've brought we me on the road some Frieda Hughes, Charles Simic, a book with a number of local poets from the KC area. I'll update the of all the poets tomorrow.

Friday, July 20, 2007

This week I've read a poem here a poem there... not nearly as many as I might like to have. I've had my nose in other things including some of Dana Gioia's essays. But I have managed a few reads. Hopefully more this weekend.

  • Dana Martin --> a brilliant pantoum... they're so challenging
  • Carol Muske-Dukes [Passport: A Manifasto] --> loved this
  • Kevin Young
  • Czeslaw Milosz
  • Ted Kooser

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Week in review...

This past week I read poetry from the following poets:

  • Donna Masini
  • Anne Sexton
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Carol Ann Suffy
  • Donald Hall
  • Victoria Radel
  • Charles Simic

Monday, July 9, 2007

Weekend of July 7th & 8th

Over the weekend I real work from the following poets....
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Joanna Gardner
  • Richard Fein

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Simic & Gluck

I've spent some time last night reading Charles Simic and Louise Gluck.I received two poetry books in the mail courtesy of a very kind friend. I have not been especially familiar with Simic till recently and had only read a couple of his poems. A Wedding in Hell is the book I am reading and I bravo! to his work. I've read only about 8 of the poems so far and hope to sit down with the book again this evening.

I particularly enjoy Simic’s blending of simple things with a more complex storyline.
Two poems I have especially taken pleasure in have been Tattooed City an Miracle Glass Co.

As for Louise Gluck, I've read more of her in the past. I did read a maybe three or four poems from her book Descending Figure and they were only first reads, but I found these to be a bit different from another book of her I have and I rather prefer what I've seen in this one.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Kumin's Extraordinary Rendition

In reading from the Pushcart Prize XXXI Best of the Small Presses I was interested in Maxine Kumin's poem Extraordinary Rendition that appeared in originally in The American Poetry Review.

Maxine Kumin deals with a provocative topic. The final stanza: Extraordinary how the sun comes up / with its rendition of daybreak, / staining the sky with indifference.

She utilizes the oak and beech tree leaves - their lingering bruised colors, creating a very powerful visual.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Quick Update from Recent Reads

I've fallen behind on my list here. Just a few to update from recent reads that I recall.

  • Anne Sexton, Several from her books Love Poems and All My Pretty Ones.
  • Alan Britt
  • Erin York
  • Steve Gehrke
  • Susan Terris (great poem that won a Pushcart Prize)
  • W.S. Merwin
  • Kay Ryan
  • Missi Rasmussen

Monday, May 14, 2007

Atwood On Sleep

I've read a number of Margaret Atwood poems over the years and I've always enjoyed her range of diversity from political to humorous to serious. It shows her talent well as a writer.

Last night, I read her poem, Variations On The Word Sleep. The poem captures so well a very intimate presence.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

This weekend catching up on some poets I've read before...

Reading from Robert Lowell's Selected Poems also delved into Everything Else In The World by Stephen Dunn. Two remarkably different poets. Both with a serious approach to the art. They just get there differently.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

This one was new to me

I had the pleasure of reading several poems by J Michael Wahlgren. The tone of his work is very complementary to what I like to hear in poetry.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Recent Reads....

Little behind on this....

Kelli Russell Agodon - Small Knots - Fabulous!!

W. S. Merwin - Reading in his book The Moving Target - I continue to be impressed by Merwin's style and broad topical range.

Ruth Stone - Readin in her book Ordinary Words. What a remarkable person.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Last Night

At a poetry workshop I attended last night - we warmed up reading some individual poems. I read an Anne Sexton. Also - upon arriving home - flipped through my latest copy of the New Yorker and read a poem by W. S. Merwin titled A Letter To Su T'ung Po. I really found Merwin's poem striking. I loved the way it meshed the past with the present. A most memorable line: "...thinking of you one your river that one bright sheet of moonlight..."

Sunday, March 4, 2007

This weekend....

I am today reading The Book of Folly by Anne Sexton. Published in 1972 it was a winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Monday, February 26, 2007

A few poets that I read this past week -

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

squeezed in over lunch hour

Today I read:

  • Mahmoud Darwish - who is totally new to me
  • Raymond Carver - whom I have read before

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Poets I read yesterday -

  • Aleah Sato
  • Catherine Daly
  • Joel M. Toledo
  • Faye Adams

Saturday, January 13, 2007

This Past Week in Review

This past week I've read a variety of poets. Some new to me and many who were not. In fact I read a number of poems that I was already well acquainted with. Material from Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Donald Hall, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Bly. Some new material to me by Robert Wrigley (Discretion is I believe one on my new favorites!), Alan Michael Parker, David Kirby, Daniel Wilcox, and Paul Durkan. Durkan's poem, The Poetry Reading Last Night In The Royal Hibernian Hotel is hysterical.